It is not possible to make good decisions without good information.
In a well functioning society, the media would be part of that system by providing accurate, useful information to the public.
That isn’t the media we have. Strictly speaking, we’ve never had that media, though some periods were better than others.
Let’s run through a few of the issues:
Man Bites Dog; If It Bleeds It Leads
The more we see something, the more of it we think exists. But the routine and normal doesn’t make sensational news.
The truth is that violent crime is at multi-generational lows, but most people don’t think that.
The truth is that the person who will hurt or molest your child is almost certainly not a stranger, but a family member, friend, or other trusted adult.
The truth is that terrorism is not a significant threat to Americans. You’re more likely to get hurt when you slip in your tub.