Beware The Straw Man!
"Statements made in the media can surreptitiously plant distortions in the minds of millions. Learning to recognize two commonly used fallacies can help you separate fact from fiction."
Yvonne Raley and Robert Talisse discuss in Scientific American: "Getting Duped: How The Media Messes With Your Mind"
Talisse elaborates further with Scott F. Aiken in their paper
"Two Forms of The Straw Man"