This has come about for three reasons: politicians have stopped speaking to us properly, the media has stopped examining their actions in anything like a forensic way, and broadcast culture has become so watered down, so scared of fact, that people are less inclined to turn to anything other than entertainment for information.
Comedy News Shows
Be honest with yourself... you get all of your news from the Daily Show and this blog, don't you? The Guardian ran a selection from a speech given by Armando Iannucci at the Tate Britain. He discusses the importance of comedy, its contribution to the creative arts, and even manages to pinpoint why we've turned to comedy news shows at this particular point in time: