Mainstream media has lost all credibility in the eyes of the people. After relentlessly attacking Trump while downplaying the criminal activity of Clinton, many more people now see the bias inherent in coverage provided by the big networks.
Other sources of information
So where will people turn for their news? Many alternative sources exist online. They have collectively become known as the “alt-media”, and they claim to be an alternative to mainstream news sources.
While much value can be found in such sources, a bias exists there as well, albeit bias of a different nature. One will typically find fear mongering among this media, some of which even goes so far as to be labeled “doom porn”. The reference implies that some people get off on reading about the impending destruction of the world.
Some sites, such as Infowars.com, are more prone to this type of information (or disinformation) than others. Zerohedge.com, for example, has a generally upstanding reputation for being a respectable website for financial news. Yet even there, one can find substantial amounts of “doom porn”, with comments on certain articles even alluding to such a thing.
In the case of Infowars.com, an attempt is made to make certain truths appear crazy by mixing them in with bits of obvious disinformation and hysteria. In addition, some have even claimed this to be a fear-based mind control program, one designed to get people to revolt. Their reaction can then be used to discredit and demonize those who hold similar views.
The fear-based mind control works with two components: a fear loop and a hope loop. The fear loop gets one to perceive an evil “out there” that becomes responsible for all of one’s problems and all of the world’s injustices. The hope loop then places the solution or answers to the problems on a certain individual or group who can “change things”. This combination makes the individual likely to lose sight of their sense of self and get lost in the grim realities, the fear, the paranoia, the hollow calls to action. Those who act out tend to do so in violent or aggressive ways, reinforcing a certain perception about anyone who sees similar realities.
The classic example of this involves the term “conspiracy theory”. This term gets used often to discredit anyone who dares question the official narrative of anything. Ask even the simplest question about, or provide simple objective evidence to the contrary of any such narrative, and one gets labeled a paranoid conspiracy theorist. [The words paranoid and conspiracy have been cemented in the minds of the masses as shut-off valves for the flow of information. Associate either word with a particular subject or narrative, and all thinking shuts down.]
Bias Exists Everywhere
In short, be aware of the bias inherent in all news sources. Know that some are more biased than others. Russia Today (RT), for example, exhibits certain pro-Russian biases yet has substantially less censorship and overall bias than most other big news outlets. Don’t trust anything until you have cross-referenced it with multiple sources. Always look into everything for yourself, rather than accepting a single source as infallible. Yet be aware of your own biases, such as confirmation bias, by which an individual seeks out information that only confirms their chosen preconceptions, and denies all evidence to the contrary.