You might find the following interesting. It's an interview with two Canadian journalism professors who talk about the problems in modern journalism and why they think things are the way they are. It's a Canadian show, but the points they raise will still be relevant to you, and they do make some passing mention of the American media. If you don't want to watch the full 25 minutes the part which would probably be of the most interest to you is between 3:45 and 13:00. I would suggest that you give it some serious attention as they both have extensive background and experience working in the media and have a good idea as to where things have gone wrong, even if they don't have any good solutions. If you want to see the full argument developed then you need to watch the whole thing, but they get to what I think are the most important issues in the 10 minute slot that I pointed out above.I think we are quibbling over definitions of "journalist/ism." Some members of the "media" in contrast to my view of "journalism," have been caught out enough in recent years with outright falsehoods that have in some instances been shown to have been intentional, others through abject negligence to the point, IMHO they lose their claim to being "journalists."
This is a fair summary of my expectations for a "journalist." We can disagree of course, but I believe a great many in the media calling themselves "journalists" honor these principles more in the breach than in practice.
5 principles of Ethical Journalism, Truth, Accuracy, Independence, Fairness, Impartiality, Humanity, Accountability, constitutes ethical freedom of expressionethicaljournalismnetwork.org