A story had came out the other day, based on a study published in JAMA, about how lots of Americans believe in nutty medical conspiracy theories (i.e., flouride is bad, cell phone radiation is bad, etc) —
You’re Not Alone: Medical Conspiracies Believed By Manyhttp://www.reuters.com/article/2014/03/18/us-medical-conspiracies-idUSBREA2H22K20140318
I found it nauseating to read and ending up commenting on multiple locations out of frustration, wasting time. But then I noticed that Voice of America was running the story (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voice_of_america#VOA_as_a_propaganda_tool) and that Cass Sunstein was also writing about it, and it was even more nauseating, yet also, made sense. They are trying so hard to hold onto their control of things that their propaganda is practically glowing.
The good news is that about half of Americans see through it. The comments on these news articles indicated the views went about 50-50 — half the people understood that being skeptical of every official claim is healthy and normal, and half the people were automatically defending authority without question