a) I expect the government to lie.
b) I expect most news sources to be shit.
This is my starting point.
I remember the first Iraq invasion. I watched them lying on the novel CNN because I had internet friends who were in Iraq even back in 1991.
I remember the Kosovo war and I saw how US news was lying, especially about numbers but also about exaggerations and outright falsehoods. There was some truth mixed in there as well, which made it harder to detangle but not that hard.
I had an inside source on the ‘other side’ during that war. There was a 19 year old women I was friends with (I was into the Russian Orthodox church stuff at the time), and she was reporting what was happening from her POV. Apolitical, just reporting the actions.
I contrasted that with the crap I saw on TV and in the news and from our govt.
It’s not my first time around this planet man.
I don’t believe all the crap about the Russians and the MSM narrative about Syria.
At the same: I’m not stupid enough to THEN say, “Well, but these RT related sources are entirely true!”
My point is: You have to scrutinize BOTH. Rejecting one authority just to turn to another authority because they reject the first authority doesn’t take away the responsibility to scrutinize it as well.