It’s complicated with journalism…
The more journalists cater to important people, the more they tend to get tip offs, interviews, exclusives, business networking, leaked information, invitations to private events and occasionally higher paying jobs.
On the other end you have the buyers of journalism who want some mix of honesty, entertainment, truth and validation.
There’s some balance to be struck because it can be difficult to inform the public if no one will talk to you and if you’re too nice you’ll just be running your audience into brick walls.
Here’s the problem… if journalists can trick buyers into thinking they’re authentic, mislead them on the truth, validate the mistruths they now believe, do it in entertaining ways and make those brick walls they run them into look like someone else’s fault or a virtuous burden of kindness, then journalists can have tons of access and tons of sales.
Assuming that in any population you’ll have people strictly loyal to shortsighted self-enrichment who’ll dominate the industry if allowed and important people can’t be expected to work against their own interests I think the problem really belongs to the buyers of journalism to hold up their end of making these checks and balances of journalism work.