While it is very clear that modern journalism is catering for a very 'dumbed down' population, one only has to look at the way that 'weather news' gets reported in local media to see just how low we have now gotten.   Take for example the following from my local Birmingham Mail today:   UK weather hits 27C with heatwave now set to last for two weeks according to forecasts From: https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/uk-weather-hits-27c-heatwave-20724873