The more I learn about the dissemination of information in the U.S, the more I realize the manipulation and distortion of facts is the rule, not the exception. Ryan Holiday, a masterful marketer, analyzes Milo Yiannopoulos’s marketing and branding strategies and describes a personal experiment where he intentionally populated current news with lies to see if they would fact check his references (I think you can guess the results).
That’s why I advocate learning information on subject matter that changes slowly (if at all). Although current news can provide vital information in a timely manner (i.e. a tsunami is coming your way), people overdose on it. Sip from current information like a cup of good coffee instead of quaffing a quart of red bull. The results may surprise you.