We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I can't imagine a thinking and aware person believing the media. But I do know people who get their news from CNN and still believe what they are being told. There seems to be a category of people who are not stupid but haven't seen the "reveal" yet or haven't taken the red pill or more correctly aren't even aware that there is a red pill. They aren't stupid they are simply ignorant (I mean that in a nice way, not as an insult).
"Nobody believes media." I think the facts prove otherwise. As Ayn Rand wrote (paraphrasing): All evils stem from the massive inertia of unfocused minds". (Somebody please provide the exact quote; Google doesn't come up with it.)
Our faith in institutions has crumbled. Institutions are just ordinary men, subject to the same petty influences as the rest of us. Religion, academics, politics, business, science - everybody's just looking out for their own interests as best they can. As Madison put it, "If men were angels....".
We should listen to what they say about themselves. There is a broad community of professional journalists now who openly state their belief that truth takes second place to political impact. They're not reporting, they're trying to save the world according to their personal political convictions.
"Journalism's Death"? Would that it were so, but the headline vastly overstates the reality. Most people still believe, and always will believe, the lies the MSM has fed them over the last 10 years or more. Some bobblehead talking on the idiot box is all the authentication the low-information and low-linvolvment viewers need. They keep on watching, and they keep on voting, according to what they are told is the only responsible view of things. If the viewership ever starts to fall, and the networks start to lose money, look for some Soros type to come in and keep the enterprise going whether it makes money or not.