Fact: The media and the linked-bureaucracy are liars. Response: We can, and must, decide what is true, regardless of what They say.
What can we do? This is what we can do.
Everybody must become a Conspiracy Theorist - in other words, we must regard the official information as rhetorical manipulation.
This means we - I mean each of us, as individuals - must decide what is true and real; if possible without taking any notice at all of what the mainstream story is. (More difficult than it sounds...)
Of course the mainstream story contains some correct facts (all effective lies do) - but these are useless to us when we do not know which facts are correct and which others have been left-out. Indeed the unidentified correct facts are worse-than-useless - they are actively-misleading, and in the direction of manipulation.
How might we do this making up of own minds? Partly by what we personally have observed, partly by what we personally have reasoned-out using common sense, partly by our inborn, God-given faculty of intuitive knowing of the simple and necessary realities of our life and the human condition (assuming we acknowledge that this faculty exists).
Or we can say 'I don't know - I have no opinion'... But that has become surprisingly difficult.
What is essential is to lose our fear of being wrong! After all, when we are demonstrably wrong about stuff (and we surely will be, and often), we can change our minds, there and then, immediately; and without reference to any 'consensus'.
But there isn't much point in trying to persuade other people of our personal convictions when they fly in the face of 'the evidence' - on the other hand, does that really matter?
A population of individuals who stubbornly insisted on ignoring official information and explanations and making up their own minds, and are not afraid of being wrong; well... such a population would already be free (free where it most mattered); and would not be manipulate-able nor govern-able in the totalitarian form that is in place and being increased.
And that would be extremely worthwhile - indeed, the difference between near-certain damnation and the chance of salvation (for starters).
(Note to Self: disregard mainstream topics and facts and interpretations, make up own mind, don't care about convincing other people: rejoice in freedom of thinking...)