To be fair, I am put off by extreme biased news coverage in other countries as well as in the U.S.
Failure of U.S. and Other Country's News Media
What can we, as consumers do about sub-standard, unprofessional selection of topics that are covered and conversely, not covered?
I am glad you asked! When I was a kid, I was always fascinated by English language news broadcasts from around the world. Now, we have something even better (way better!!): reading international news on the Internet.
One good resource is Google News which gives links to news (sort of) randomly sampled from around the world.
As consumers, I think that we should give the huge corporations (General Electric, etc.) who own the major news networks a kick in the economic pants by boycotting the major so-called "news" networks in favor of opening our minds a little and reading news from around the world.
I believe that truth is good for freedom and good for business. News media in the U.S. and the rest of the world that severely censors what local audiences see can not be a good thing for the long term safety and prosperity of everyone on our planet.
Anyway, I am appalled by the censorship of what we see in the U.S., Europe, and the rest of the world.
In the U.S., I recommend the Jim Leher News Hour on PBS - compared to other news shows, they are relatively open to topics not shown on the major (huge corporation owned) news media. For print news, I like the New York Times - I sometimes see issues covered (hidden away, but covered) that I usually only see in the foreign press.
Warning: obviously, be sceptical about anything you read, especially on the Internet :-) (Oh - hopefully this is not a recursive self-referencial comment :-)
I tend to go by statistics - widely covered (averaging the world press) news is more believable.