Americans like to believe they get complete and accurate information from the "public" mainstream news media. This belief is a complete and deliberate delusion.
Everyone knows that the mainstream news media is not "public" at all. It is privately owned, which means it is privately controlled, all the way down to the very information it delivers to you. The owners of the mainstream media, a small and cozy bunch, ultimately determine the information that the public will be allowed to digest. That control of information is enormous power concentrated in just a few hands.
Let's examine that information for a moment, shall we?
Judging from my own years of investigative research into particularly telling news events, I would estimate that only 20% of the information is reported truthfully to the public. Another 30% is presented as if it were true when, in fact, it is a deliberate lie. And the remaining 50% of the information pie? That information is simply withheld from the public. In other words, the general population never hears a "serious" word about it from the trusted mainstream media. In the public mind, that information simply does not exist. The information can even be readily available from "underground" sources, but because those sources lack the perceived credibility that the mainstream media has so carefully nurtured in the public mind, they are largely ignored or dismissed.
Why doesn't the credibility of the mainstream media simply crumble, given this deceptive 20-30-50 information model? Because the public can readily verify that the 20% portion of the information pie is indeed true. Whenever they bother to check into it, it turns out to be true 100% of the time. It doesn't take long for the public to decide that the mainstream media is completely trustworthy, and that they need not waste time checking on its accuracy.
But wait, what about the bigger 30% portion of the information pie, the part that is a lie? Surely, if the public tried to verify that information, the gig would be up! Unfortunately, no. You see, the public can't expose that information as being a pack of lies because the information they need to do that has been deliberately withheld from them. Yes, the 50% portion of the pie contains the vital information necessary to falsify everything in the 30% portion of the pie. Whenever the public bothers to check the information of the 30% portion, they are unable to show it is wrong, 100% of the time. It doesn't take long for the public to decide that the mainstream media must be completely trustworthy, and that they need not waste time checking on its accuracy.
By the way, this 20-30-50 information model was initially developed and perfected by big government. Now you can easily understand why so much information here in the United States is "classified" in the interests of "national security".