Competent journalism is not like the "dirty laundry" tune by the band The Eagles, which sought to expose or protest against a type of reporting which is more like rumor and gossip mongering:
I make my living off the evening newsReal journalism lets us know when things are bad and when things are good.
Just give me something-something I can use
People love it when you lose,
They love dirty laundry
Otherwise the media is simply a propaganda exercise.
Check it out. There is a good purpose for "bad news":
History of Muckrakers