The Columbia Journalism Review has this on the mainstreams press abetting Congress in failing to pass FOIA legislation this session.
Big media and the FOIA have always had a strange relationship. They don't often use the FOIA because of time delays in getting information. They don't often sue because of the perceived costs in the litigation (big media uses big law which costs more than those of us independent attorneys who regularly practice FOIA law). Thus, big media generally isn't interested in FOIA issues which of course is not what logic tells you because one would think that big media is based on information. However, these days as big media seems to be more interested in the story of the moment (that big Ebola outbreak coming to America - remember that one) or the Kardashian family, the FOIA has very little relevance to it. As such, big media paid no attention to the recent FOIA reform failure even if some attention to it may have prompted Speaker Boehner (R-OH) to bring it to the floor while the House was in session.
Basically, big media's assistance in the death of FOIA reform is not a surprise as its in line with much of where it has been heading for the last 25 years. Its just too bad Aaron Sorkin wasn't writing the script.