In Edward Jay Epstein’s new piece Gross Misunderstanding, in the Columbia Journalism Review, he writes
By focusing on the box-office race that is spoon-fed to them each week, journalists may entertain their audiences, but they are missing the real story.
Something similar happens with the Nobel Prizes. Journalists print what they are told — Scientists X and Y did beautiful “pure science” about this or that — and thereby miss the real story. In the case of Nobel Prizes in Medicine, the real story is the long-running lack of progress on major diseases (cancer, heart disease, depression, etc.).