Perhaps we should separate out from journalism two practices rampant today: propaganda and gossip. If journalism is a discipline of verification and verification is what separates it from propaganda, then much of what we have in the sports-politics-entertainment complex is propaganda.
Much of the remainder is gossip--malicious talk which meddles in personal business and should have no place in news reporting. It stems from the need to have news cycles continually churning with prurient interest to satisfy the mentally-challenged American audience.
Blatherskiting media entertainment is now the norm, in political reporting and sports.