The problem with the serps over the years is that Authority rules every 1-3 pages. If a Authority site has a little post or something they get on page 1-2.
Sites which topic is all about that search topic are on page 3-up. Now you can say ok then be a Authority site, well then you need to be a PR7 and have more links pointing to you and there Penguin 2.1 comes in, if you get to many links as a non authority site you can get in trouble. Try a simple search which you know is nothing a news site would wright about, you will see amazon, some news sites, yourtube videos.
I dont see any change to that in this update.