It's getting to be that I no longer follow the news even through trusted sites. It's all garbage.
The process is generally this: Reporter or editor with an ideological axe to grind writes up a nasty story that will hurt their enemies.
They then call around trying to find someone will to tell them (anonymously) what they've already decided to print.
Alternatively, their political allies offer spin and they print it as fact.
These flights of fancy are easily knocked down, but only after they go viral, and thus another episode of 'fake news' is upon us.
A lot of people have focused on how this pertains to Donald Trump, but the Catholic Church is also a huge (or is that now spelled "yuge?") target for fake news.
I can't count the number of times I've seen some screaming headline claiming the Pope is about to throw away a major Catholic teaching, only to find it was either completely made up or a massive distortion of a throwaway remark.
Of course the first rule of reading religious reportage is that most reporters have no idea what they are talking about. Actually, that's not true - they have an idea, but it entirely false. They're worse than ignorant. If they were ignorant they'd just take down what they saw.
These clowns actually despise the Church and distort everything about it as much as possible. Not only that, they are proudly immune to acquiring any sort of knowledge about the subject they are supposed to cover. You'd think the guys assigned to the Vatican would at least know what Easter is. You'd be wrong.
So the latest bombshell seems to be an administrative dispute between the Knights of Malta and the Pope. Given the sprawling size of the Church and the competing agendas within any organization, I can't say I'm surprised.
Naturally, this is being elevated by the press into a coup against Pope Francis. I'll believe it after it happens.
In times like this, the best and only real thing you can do is gather news from diverse sources but also focus on what is done, rather than what is said.
The Democrats and their media allies do the reverse. They are all about rhetoric, but their actions usually go against everything they say they believe.
They claim to be the part of tolerance and non-violence, yet their people are the ones smashing windows and cracking the skulls of people they disagree with.
A while ago on this very site I said Trump's actions will tell us who he really is, and so far, it's pretty impressive.
I can't imagine any other president who would ram through is appointees in the teeth of such opposition. If fear is contagious, so is resolve.
Trump's determination has steeled the spines of the Congress critters and they are suddenly pushing things through. He initial wave of executive orders were not as carefully-prepared as they could have been, but that's to be expected. The Donald has shown repeatedly that he makes mistakes and then learns from them.
For the last eight years we've been told how this country is doing great - the economy is awesome and our health care is superb. I expect we will now be told how the economy is collapsing, homelessness is epidemic and the sick are dying in the streets.
I think what we see with our own eyes will be quite different.