I do think mind games do go on. I think there might be a concentrated effort from somewhere to cause mischief and disadventure in the alternate news media. Super charging the emotions concerning critical conspiracy with large doses of political tomfoolery.
True subjects of interest get watered down by these outbursts. It tends to dissuade a lot of people from actually doing research on a given subject.
Tear down the messenger is the name of the game.
Learning how the tricks are done takes much time and patient research.