In random samples of BBC News and NPR News radio news capsules, over 1 week following the attacks in France, we found 71% of the time was spent on stories related to the so-called terrorist attacks. The vast majority of this coverage was repetitive and contained nothing substantively new. 98% of the content consisted of parroting information provided by or stated by government officials, and no questions were asked.
We give the media studied a failing grade for not carrying out their jobs as news organizations and not asking a single question. We can only conclude the news organizations studied have become part of a propaganda machine in no longer executing on their journalistic functions.
The study was conducted unscientifically and with a small sample. However, we expect a scientifically conducted survey would provide similar results.