and it's enough to leave me torn about who to blame
As a wise woman once said,
The unfortunate thing is, it's both. There's been a growth in celebrity/gossip crap being touted as 'news'; certain media house have seen this as a profitable demographic to cater to (increased views = more advertisements delivered = higher revenue), and it's a self-perpetuating cycle.
The best thing you can do is garner news from a variety of sources, identify biases, an draw your own conclusions. My morning news intake consists of The Australian, News.com.au, Sydney Morning Herald, The Guardian (Aus, UK and US editions), BBC UK, CNN (US and International), and often Der Spiegel. Flowed by a dash of /r/conspiracy for some extra balance ;D