The media's power is considerable. The United States is being driven to irrelevance, and the public can't get their nose out of their smartphone, (how's that for the ultimate in misnomers?), long enough to notice.
It's happening, and will the pace will quicken.
But there is good news, (now I'm being sarcastic). I'm told, on this very site, that if we vote for people who reject our values, and we help them gain power, that will fix things. You see, once the people who reject our values and place self interest above all else are in power, they will give voice to our values, somehow. It's all very mystical and complicated but I am assured it's the best path.