Techdirt covers a lot of the shit that is going on from a strongly unbiased (and fact driven) perspective. I strongly suggest reading their articles in coverage of the NSA, Apple, and really anything technology. That is the true informed US view which some people share, not this kind of blatant propaganda. Some, not all. Lawrence Lessig's rootstrikers is a movement focused on fixing the whole american politics problem at it's source - lobbying money.
I do unfortunately agree that misinformed inflammatory coverage does always pull in far more views, but then again it's the same as the politicians below and for the same reason: The politicians do compromise, but only to their constituents - which have shifted from those who vote to those who write their effectively larger paycheck via lobbying. So unless there is significant outrage the politicians don't tend to do anything.
Follow the money. All of broadcast news comes from 1 or 2 sources, so the rest is just posturing for funding.