I've found it to be about 50/50. There's been the odd occasion where it was mostly correct, and another where it was mostly wrong, but overall it's been 50/50 for stories I've read or seen on the news that I knew about first or second hand.
Getting back on topic (since I'm not sure how much this was directed (by Grant) at my representation of the reporter), in my sample, it's an issue with a single reporter, and after this, another reporter cranks it up a notch, making the first reporter look like the nice guy.
I wasn't writing it as an attack on Gonzo Journalism (a product of the 1960s), but simply highlighting how each reporter has a different approach, some sympathetic, and some a bit more devious (i.e. you initially think they're on your side, only to learn later they're trying to pillory you).
A free press has freedom for the owner of the press, to print nearly anything he wants.
Or, putting it into more recent context, they're free to put everything single outrageous thing Trump says, while paying scant attention to major speeches by every other candidate for office.
Not enough people are willing to actually pay for well done, well researched news.
Case in points, the most through papers in the country, like the NY Times and the Chicago Tribune, are both struggling financially, cutting their research staffs significantly while trying to find new income sources, while sources like FOX, which specialize in repeating unsustainable reports (aka. Obama being a Muslim) draw millions of readers for largely scurrilous (yes, they report news the other stations won't, but they're not know for their well-researched opinions).
The woman behind the wheel not only threatened her son but three others by her irresponsible driving.
That works, but it seems to distance the subject. It's no longer "the driver responsible", but merely "the person behind the wheel who just happened to be in the car at the time.
It's an example of "passive vs. active verbs" (or nouns in this case). I think I'm happy with my solution (changing the other "driver" reference to "I'll admit [the woman] was reckless.".