Two years ago, the Obama administration was outed in San Francisco for threatening to exclude reporter Carla Marinucci and other Hearst journalists from future appearances, after she included a video of a protest outside an Obama April 2011 appearance in that city. The editor at the San Francisco Chronicle, Phil Bronstein, reported on the threat the following day, which the White house officials then denied.
This prompted Chronicle editor Ward Bushee to call the officials out on their lie. He revealed a day of correspondence between the editors and the White house, which finally resulted in the rescission of the ban.
A portion of the behavior of the media is based on a fear of losing access if they do not faithfully serve the interests of the administration. The net effect is that Americans have news which is not news, but is merely government feed.