Chris Dillow stumbles onto a precise description of modern political reporting:
A lot of political reporting consists either of trivial Kremlinology - a description of a soap opera in which most "characters" are interchangeable one-dimensional cyphers - or of an unquestioning imposition of an ideology which fetishizes "strong leadership."
Combine this with news shows - Question Time, Newsnight, The Politics Show - that are essentially entertainment rather than information and you have the essence of why we are all so ignorant of politics and so dismissive of its practitioners.
I cannot recall the last time I learnt anything (other than a reaffirmation of modern interveiwers' incorrigible rudeness) from these programmes. And they almost never contain any actual "news".