I disagree here, because commenting is not reporting, it's commenting. It's a completely different thing from reporting the news, but the way it is especially
today is that a comment/opinion is sold as an actual reporting and that is certainly a problem.
Plus, the big outlets' journalists aren't really better than whoever you mentioned and Irelandball. They all get their news from AP/Reuters/etc. and instead of actually
contextualizing (e.g. X people dead in industrial accident, journalist does actual research and finds out company was cheap on safety stuff), it's "X PEOPLE DEAD - [OTHER TEAM] IS TO BLAME BECAUSE THEY SAID SOMETHING I DON'T LIKE". So even something that isn't inherently political is getting made political. The only advantage they have over those fringe dudes is that the institution "mainstream media" still is more respected than the fringe bullshit, but the way they are conducting themselves - and with e.g. omnipresent cellphone cameras that can liveleak what really
happened past the media filter - is really not helping them.
Though what you mentioned between the lines, and I don't know if you were completely aware of that, is that anyone reading news needs to have at least a modicum of education and medial competence or whatever it is called in english and thus won't just jump on headlines. And journalists won't do that for you.
But this whole argument is pointless anyway, because we are discussing an ideal here that will never be achieved and probably has never existed, like the "benevolent industrial tycoon" or "honorable politician".
And on a personal note, fuck Twitter and everyone using it. It is cancer in every frame of reference and if everyone who ever twittered something died on the spot, the world would, in sum, become a better place.