You are correct about the newspaper media not always getting the facts straight and biased reporting and just copying verbatim what they read in international reports.
Many years ago I used to be the publicity officer for the Little Athletics club in which my kids were members. It used to frustrate me no end when the report I'd given to our local newspaper got mangled. They would print exactly what I'd written most of the time but sometimes they obviously needed to cut out a couple of lines or sentences in order to fit my report in. Without fail they would edit it so the the whole context of the report was changed.
Years ago when the Pope made his first visit to Australia, ground engineers in Qantas went out on strike. Newspaper headlines said that they were striking because of the Pope's visit. What actually happened was that at 9.00am some idiotic middle management guy made an announcement over the intercom that all cars parked alongside Qantas drive (staff parking) had 15 minutes to move their cars somewhere else. The jet base is a huge place and by the time some staff got there, cars were being towed. Now, the Pope wasn't arriving until 9.00pm so this middle management guy caused such a furore that the unions immediately called a meeting at which they all voted to strike for the day. Nothing at all to do with the Pope's visit.
I take whatever I read in the newspapers with a pinch of salt.