You mentioned sad and manipulating. The rest of your post is a future conjecture and assumes certain actual behaviors. I've been out of town (in free State Idaho) and even the locals wouldn't know what you are speculating about. They don't want to be further impacted by speculative mandates.When the news play a story over and over along with print media over and over. As if its on a loop with no new facts then its panic sensationalized story telling.
None of the Sources you put in your post are that great with the exception of CBS. No one mentioned sad and manipulated until you brought it up in your post. As you said before - You are like the other gas huffer around here.
As for your personal characterization...do you run to the Mods or does someone else? I got no time.