8. After several years sniffing around the edges, and the Snowden revelations
I can feel sure that your post is much more fact than most are willing to admit. It will take time for the skeptics to come around, but rest assured, the 1% always overplays their hand, and those who don't see it now will have their noses and much more rubbed into it.
What too many on DU fail to realize is that there's been massive suppression and manipulation of the "permissible" news ever since the printing press began, and even earlier, when copyists were told what to copy and what to burn. The Internet, by giving everyone freedom of the press, has enabled a great uncovering of many deeply buried truths, as well as the propagation of many scabrous falsehoods.
By labelling sites "suspicious, bogus, alarmist, etc" some seek to continue the suppression of both acquisition of truth and critical thinking. The bogus will sort itself out, if it's given an airing. There's no need to suppress it.