In broad strokes, your perspective is valid. In context, I was comparing it to propaganda.@OPSSG ...don’t want to stray OT to much here but wrt your point 7, the fourth estate isn’t as influential as it was in the past. While the print media still offers excellent journalism, few take the time to digest this info and by the time the electronic media parses this stuff into sound bites...the stuff doesn’t bite very deep. Furthermore the electronic media has so many formats now that none of them really have the mega influence like the of TV media of the 1950-1990s. If a Walter Cronkite like clone went to Iraq and Afghanistan as Cronkite did during the Vietnam war perhaps America wouldn’t be there now. Payley’s CBS crew from this era was unequalled IMO.