This is the whole point of the article. TV News, sensationalist magazines and newspapers, blogs, social media, and all forms of direct mail are burying us under a mountain of toxic waste that needs to be ignored.
At the same time, people need to do the work to be informed citizens. A top newspaper (LA Times, NY Times, Wall Street Journal) is the starting point, but only well researched articles and analysis — “he said, she said” recaps of press releases and speeches are useless. After that, research at least two opposing viewpoints on the web.