Amen to that
The sad thing is though that "news" punditry shows have turned into the late night talk show too. They have guests on merely to trumpet their opinions. Questions are meant to prompt the next topic in the speech, not to challenge what the guest says too harshly. This isn't a hard and fast rule. You'll see challenging questions every now and again, but they are few and far between.
This is a tendency that annoys me enormously. Maybe newsies ought to be divided into 'attack' newsies and 'softball' newsies, so that readers, listeners, and viewers were forewarned whenever the coverage became one-sided apologetics, or backgroundless attack journalism?