“The triumph of opinion-driven cable TV and the collapse of newspapers has created an American news media that does an increasingly poor job of informing the public. And an excellent job of dividing it.” The Atlantic’s David Rohde on how the broken media helped to break the government.

+ How are people in the DC area feeling about the shutdown? Let’s check the emoticons.

+ Folks in the line of this weekend’s major storms aren’t too happy about the shutdown either.