Adam really said it better than I was able to say it. He even uses a word that was on the tip of my tongue but I could not find: “spectacle”. Here’s a portion of his post:

The implicit, underlying assumption of much of journalism is that reality isn’t interesting enough, or comprehensible enough on its own. It needs to be reinterpreted through storytelling with a bias towards conflict, personality, stereotype, conventional wisdom and other tropes that make what is boring and unfamiliar to the writer more palatable to a large audience.

YES. That.