Secondly, as a question of curiosity, who do you consider to be the mainstream media, exactly? There's no malice here, I'm genuinely curious what the Trump supporter's side is. If you don't read mainstream media, then why would you feel like you're being manipulated? And if I evaluate both sides, and then side with the mainstream media, does that also make me manipulated?
Since I cut the cord a decade ago my only TV news media is the main networks - ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX...and also PBS. These outlets SHOULD be the last beacon of unbiased, fact based reporting, but that ship sailed long ago. They're mainstream simply because there are no other TV choices on the "free" antennae networks. The news on these channels are primarily local news stations and they are all massively absent of any depth of reporting on any topic, local or national. It's especially sad when they frequently use facebook and twitter as sources for their reporting?! They're basically TV versions of news aggregators with the cheap product being zero depth reporting of others opinions. That means by proxy I'm getting the junk being produced by New York Times, Huff Po, WashPo, AP, etc, and occasionally the local newspapers who are also sourcing their news from the previously mentioned. This is a massive problem because you only need to poison one or two source outlets for the poison to be dutifully spread by the local news products - which don't necessarily align politically with their national counterparts.
So what I got to see on election night were these 5 primary outlets bringing in their "A" team from there national news products. FOX was simply boring with Sheppard Smith talking about map math and for some reason the picture had a yellowish hue to it...I didn't spend much time there - probably 10 minutes total. I watched ABC for most of the night, switching over to CBS and NBC occasionally with a quick stop by PBS. What I found is those 4 were absolutely losing their collective minds that Trump could win. They couldn't find a positive thing to say about Trump or anyone that possibly supported Trump. All night long "Trump is winning with uneducated white male voters" which continued to be expressed with intensity throughout the night as a rally call to divide us. At one point they showed a stat that had Trump with 30% of the Hispanic/minority vote compared to Romney's 19% and McCain's 18% and one of the commentators said "do they know what they were voting for?" Basically ABC, CBS, NBC could do nothing more all night long than look dumb founded and spew the very hate they pretend to be above. They couldn't come up with any reason why Hillary was loosing other than the country must be full of dumb white male bigots and sexist. There certainly was not "we go high" happening on election night from these outlets. Interesting that you think I'm a Trump supporter simply by my calling out blatantly obvious media bias were one should expect a more neutral, fact based position. This issue should be concerning ALL of us from BOTH sides...and too bad we have to call it sides in the first place. No longer are we uniting on issues...only behind people and parties as if we're picking our favorite football or baseball teams.
I won't go into details about where I find my news...I'm struggling like most that really want to find details to make educated decisions so I'm basically out there scraping and aggregating my own experiences with online research and once in a while relatively benign podcasts from the likes of John Batchelor that at least give me ideas of what to look into; especially on world issues. I realized long ago that these networks and talk radio are just poison. The broadcast TV propaganda is not limited to their news and talk products either as they're also inserting their views in the nightly drama's and sitcoms. When I visit my folks (retired boomers) who watch MSNBC and FOXNEWS all day and its very apparent that their only view of the world and what to care about are whatever these outlets were talking about and it didn't matter if the latest opinion foisted upon them was a complete 180 from the life they've lead and the opinions and friends they've had for decades.
So, by all means, offer suggestions for where to find unbiased in-depth reporting. Where do you get your news?