> “The Media Very Rarely Lies.
The technique I've seen, or more truly heard, is the commentator gives 20% (or only 10%) accurate information, then says, "Or ..." and fills the much larger space emphasizing a more agenda focus diatribe. You can't say that he's lying because the "or" only requires one of the pair to be true. And it is, though minor in content and emphasis.
Newspapers create their own clickbait. A few months ago, someone stopped an active shooter and lost his life. Instead of focusing on his heroic actions, the local paper, in a bold headline, posted that 10 years ago or more, he had been arrested on a sexual matter - for which he went to prison and had served his time. The paper tried to justify their action as "serving the public". To their credit, every letter to the editor on the subject chastised them. Even if the paper felt it was "serving the public" (the grieving family might disagree), by including that historical tidbit instead of emphasizing lives saved, they didn't have to lead with it in bold large print.
For me, an awareness started back a calculus class. We were given problems to solve with the answer available in the back of the book - note, this was for learning/confirmation, not a test. Except sometimes the printed answers were wrong.
The longer I've lived, the more I've come to realize, "Just because it's in print, doesn't make it true." But it doesn't make it false either.
As with tide, current and weather predictions for a kayak adventure, I try to find multiple sources and note how many agree.