Remember that most "news" media and politics, and a lot of entertainment media, are focused on keeping the audience scared. Badly scared. It's easier to sell you a product or an idea if you're scared that NOT buying into it will cause you harm. So the next time you see a news story that scares you, take a sec to notice the language being used. Is it all fear-causing words? Do they talk about "threats" and "scare tactics" and "imminent danger"? Then they're likely trying to scare you into doing and believing what they want.