When you manipulate someone's emotions through words in order to get them to do something that is against their own interest, that's a spell. The newscasters (caster is another word from magician's etymology, from "to caste") are casting spells.
And I don't need to tell you, oh wide-awake one, that the spells journalists are casting right now are really yucky ones. Spells that get people to vote for more money for the rich rather than for themselves, vote for wars that they personally gain nothing from and often lose a lot in, and vote for destroying their planet when they gain nothing from the sale of the resources, and lose access to water and food and have to ensure against chaotic weather.
I mean, wow. Can you imagine the karmic load on that? In old witchy lore, if you cast a black magic spell, that is to say, you get someone to do something that serves your will and not theirs, you get it back threefold.
That's just one person doing one thing. Now I'm no witch so I have no idea what threefold of turning the entire will of the people in on itself comes out to, but I reckon it can't be good.
But you should also know, there are a lot of good journos stuck in there hating their job, going home feeling vaguely awful about it, in a permanent state of barely-repressed guilt and anxiety that messes with their digestion, dulls their health, and kills their personal relationships, but with no real choice. There are so many bars to that prison, not least of all financial. How do you bring home an honest wage in a system so bound to powerful moneyed interests?
Self-censorship is the real enemy of a free press. I mentioned Hastings and Thompson before not to stir up conspiracy theories but to just point out that even if they died of perfectly mundane causes, the spookiness can muffle your voice. It's called a mind-virus, a nasty story that gets in your brain and makes you scared. In the end, the suspicion itself silences many more people than a gun would. The fear does the job for you. Shoot one bird, silence many.