Launch a simple rocket on a ballistic trajectory that impacts the item you want to de-orbit. Only aim it to hit the target on the way back down so that the added momentum pushes them into a lower orbit... Another thought would be to use a gravity tractor concept like the one being proposed for moving asteroids. In this instance the goal would be to send a simple thruster device on a path to "not impact" the object you want to move... only use it as a gravity sling which alters the path of both objects in proportion to their mass. If you choose the path correctly, the target heads into the atmosphere and you have the thruster heading for another target. Work it out to do a grand tour style path so you get the most bang for your thruster fuel buck.
There in no differentiation between the "News Media" and the "Entertainment Media"... It's all for show. No one from the "Media" can be trusted to be presenting information in an objective manner. Throughout history the news "As presented by the media of the time" has been slanted by the views of the presenter. In ancient days in the western world, the news was presented by the story teller "bard" who told the tales he had heard to the gathered croud in a village. Then came the crier who read from the scroll provided him by the scribes. Move on the the pamphlet and print media and the newspapers. All skewed to the views of the publishers whim. It's no different today except that the ease of content creation and the transitory nature of the "News". This has created a world where the infomation provided is so abundant and at times contradictory that no one can determine the truth about anything...
It's apparent they were working from data derived only from birth records, not cross referenced against any other data. It seems to me that competent data mining and cross checking of simple public records could have avoided this situation.
My niece is autistic and although she is of the appropriate age, given her developmental conditions, she will never attend college or even high school.
Instead of celebrating the marginal improvements in my niece's abilities as she grows, my family gets "innocent" calls from people that remind them of just how far behind her peers she really is.
If you work in the data mining field you need to remember how even simple failures or sin's of omission can effect others."