Absolutely... the media has played a huge part. But the problem goes much deeper than that. The exaggerated role of the media in controlling the masses is an unintended consequence of this thing we like to call "democracy". Without question [ maybe ], the best system is a Benevolent Dictatorship. However, this comes with its own self-destructive influences. Borrowing from the principles of quantum-mechanics, it is impossible to install a dictator without negatively altering their characteristics. For better or worse, we might have to stick with democracy.