I wouldn't say its media bias so much as I would say its part and parcel of media's mission to sell the bad side of life as much as possible.
The media likefocusing on the bad. "Ohhh! Its so baaad! Its sooo dangerous! I'm scared! You should be, too. See how bad it all is?"
Whatever sucks in and rivets your attention.Disaster, war, blood, car wrecks, etc.
There is an elderly fella I see frequently at a McDonalds.We've exchanged a pleasant comment a few times. Last evening he was alone reading the paper. I told him playfully to watch out, that thing will turn his mind to mush. His expression changed instantly. Hehad something he really wanted to say. I listened. He said he usually staysup late watching TV. Recently he decided toignore the news. He said he's noticed he feels better!!!