But dame da ne though
I think I agree to a certain degree. If I were to get legit news usually, I get it from my own national news sites or those that are less likely to be inaccurate (again, as you said they have been caught lying before) like Reuters or AP. The others I usually take a grain of salt, especially if it spread to social media I would take some extra precaution usually.
There are websites like allsides or the flip side compiling news sources, but unfortunately they are limited to events that are in the US or directly affect them, so I don’t think I would go there as regularly as I liked.
As for government sources, it’s a sometimes sometimes thing. Like yeah sometimes they are a resource for proper or at least better information but other times they are used to spread crap down your throat.
I don’t personally agree with your viewpoint about the pandemic, even if there is some thing i agree with like the government part.