Is it just me or has the news media undergone a small transformation in a manner that we haven’t seen in a while?

I just finished watching a clip of CNN‘s Anderson Cooper take Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu to task, cutting through her casual Washington gibberish. Visually displeased with the Senator’s remarks, Cooper throws back questions to her with a rare, angry tone.

Even FOX NEWS has been affected — it’s real, must-see TV.

Is it possible, that as a result of this tragedy, our fourth branch of government might re-emerge from this with a new resolve and candor? Or will it return to business as usual, reading press releases and asking pre-prepared questions when complacency is likely to return?