Have you noticed some of the niche forums are starting to look towards more quality content? Flushing out the trolls who post on boards just to get a reaction out of the members and guests? These sort of trigger trolls' only purpose is to use controversial stories to keep people busy with unimportant subject matter. Especially the political trolls. Using stories that elicit the seamier sides of human behavior. It certainly makes for great drama but hardly anything really informative at all. Maybe, that's why traffic is beginning to suffer on some some of the larger forums: Quality of content.
I think the problem is finding stories that are interesting. Too many articles written in main stream today get re-told over & over again with the same facts and angles. Hardly anything new to add on many of the old stories. Finding a good angle to tell a common old tale is an art form. Finding something new to add takes time and diligence.
I think bloggers and forum owners are very aware of this. A lot of it is click bait which in some ways is needed to get decent traffic. I guess it depends on that. If you're looking to learn new things on controversial statements and important testimony be prepared to find answers that you're not going to like. It does take time to process and get over the initial disappointment of learning A truth: your own truth in relation to many other truths that no one really knows anything about. Especially the continuing controversies created between science & religion. The behaviors displayed within these categories are fascinating to me: the rigid systems of control and downright prejudice at times is astounding.
If you're willing to go deep there are still forums and blogs that offer individual opinions that are well thought out and relevant. The recent facebook and youtube censorship controversies will make it more difficult in the future to talk about certain opinions. So, it'll be the individuals who are willing to provide a different platform that will really matter. Especially ones that go against a power or authority that wish to curb what people really think about.