Tim Porter asks if there is a name for news stories whose newsworthiness depends on what’s happening in the media, and not the event itself.
It is a news media story about alleged lies made to the news media by a man whose notoriety depends solely on the news media. Accompanying the story, is a picture of the news media (in the person of Diane Sawyer) interviewing Peterson. Calling rhetoricians: Is there a word for this type of circular coverage? I call it informational incest.
How about “meta-journalism”?