It's not necessarily because of a conflict of interest, I think it's more down to failure of competence.
They have to keep the masses ignorant of SOPA, Patriot Act, and NDAA, wouldn't want people to be upset with the destruction of the Constitution.
They are expecting the worst and so are now preparing for the worst. I am scared of things to come.
It's infotainment. There is no fundamental difference between CBS, ABC, NBC, CNN, and techcrunch, or TMZ. The biggest differences are primarily stylistic.