There are only three things you need to know about advertising: all output of the media is advertising, all advertising is to sell you something, and all advertising is lies.
It may be a news article, television show, or just a regular advertisement, all are trying to sell you something. That something may be a product or service, ideology, belief system or point of view. No matter what the media is trying to sell, the advertisement will be lies; lies of omission, lies of bias or slanted viewpoint, false facts, or just plain lies.
So, you have to form your own independent opinion. This does not mean relying on the government, non-profit organization such as your church, your family or friends, or anybody else. You have to do the research yourself or you will be manipulated by someone.
The truth is available here.
The facts no one wants to read.
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