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The media are a mixed blessing. They don’t just report the news; they also spin the news and make the news. So we must filter the media through a lens of skepticism and cynicism. Most of the media are full of either liberal or conservative bias, and few, if any, provide balanced investigative reportage. This creates a conundrum best captured by the American humorist, Mark Twain, who said, “If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed. If you do read the newspaper, you’re misinformed.”