There is a deep-rooted conservative bias in the "mainstream" media. We've seen this conservative bias in the "mainstream" media before when it ignores or discounts experts on issues like evolution or climate change. We are now seeing the same type of bias happening with the media's reporting about the economy.
The media routinely reports what the politicians say, but rarely try to find actual experts to report the facts about our economy. Real economists with PhD's and Nobel Prizes in economics are almost ignored by the media. These are experts who have dedicated their lives to the analysis and study of how economies actually work.
The US has long-term debt, but we do not have a "debt crisis" in the near term. We have an economy that has slowed due to a lack of spending, which is in turn caused by poor job prospects for workers and a poor short-term outlook for businesses.
Economists know that when no one is spending, the government must step in and be the spender of last resort. Once the economy improves, and more people have jobs, the economy can grow. And, a growing economy is much better able to deal with reducing our debt.
Economists also know this means we need some form of government stimulus, and we should borrow more to do it. Since the interest rate for short term government borrowing is essentially zero (or even negative) there is no better time for us to borrow money from ourselves to stimulate the economy with things like rebuilding our infrastructure.
The media by and large ignores what economists are saying. The media has bought into the conservative propaganda of "anti-intellectualism" which is that our experts are ignorant and/or biased, and should be ignored. The mainstream media, whether its aware of it or not, is working with the Republicans to prevent us from knowing what the smartest people in our country are saying about how to fix our economy.