"If that's all you got, you got nothing."
--Detective Harlan Regis (Murder at 1600)
Mainstream media are largely engaging in grapevine journalism. Reporting rumors and heresay. Treating innuendo as fact. Reciting fictional narratives. Reporting stories before corroborating them.
Grapevine journalists trap words in order to promote political agendas. They traffic in empty claims.