Fox News and its ilk have been pumping a fog of fascist propaganda in the national atmosphere for more than 20 years now. You see the results all around you.
Real journalists are professionals who understand their responsibilities to the public and take them seriously. In other words, journalists are reporters who don’t lie.
Many half-awake members of the American public seem to think that the significant facts they require to live their lives will simply continue to arrive in their newsfeed somehow, without idealistic professional journalists clawing for them. They will not. The quality of truth requires some strain. It does not fall from the heavens like the gentle rain.
Unfortunately, many in this society always regard useful, verified facts as insider-trading information, material to be hoarded and used to blindside the suckers at the right moment.
Without some trustworthy source of professional journalism, a society will not, finally, stand, any more than bridges will stand without the honest efforts of professional engineers.