"The news forum is taking on a National Enquirer mentality."
I agree, and I am not innocent, but I think we need a division of news.
"I am getting so tired of a constant barrage of cut and paste, video links and cutesy-pie articles passing as news and information; this is haoppening all over the site, not just the News Forum"
This, I am not in total agreement with, only because you have to let people have a certain amount of flexibility and joy and happiness and some of that brings it to them and others. But, there are forums for those kinds of posts. However, when sub-posts are made, I think it would be a little too restrictive. It's a very fine line.