At least in Ham Radio the Media is usually truthful. Or maybe not so much.
Government messaging may be the leader in the media failings, and the media’s ham radio ignorance a crowding second.
Add a dose of “mystique” the mix for a true blend of “propagandizations, ignorance, and awe.”
Few media outlets have staff with direct amateur radio knowledge assigned where they can weed out the gross mistakes.
Almost none have enough background knowledge on staff to sort the wheat from the chaff in terms of what is even possible when the government or other sources are blowing smoke.
Media in terms of ham radio, are “repeating” rather than “reporting.” Media is reporting usually with second or third hand sources distancing the media distancing from any actual events or investigation.
Media largely depends on the FCC with other parts of government, Wikipedia type references, and if they reach out the ARRL/QRZ/eHam people and their communities, for a layperson’s take on ham radio events.
Once media has a quotable source the stop investigating an issue.
Rarely do the contrast the various voices within the ham Radio Community.
Previous posts mentioning this phenomena are: