When I first moved to the States, back in 08/09, Redmen tv was the only way for me to get any sort on "in depth" liverpool or footie coverage. I would watch Ripped episodes of MOTD. But that was it. None of these mainstream outlets were on youtube like they are now.
They were good and not sensationalist pretty level average fans.
Nowadays, whether its Football or Politics, so called "independent media" is just as bad (or sometimes worse) as mainstream in terms of clickbait, sky is falling, crisis after every games mentality. Gotta chase the $$$