Information asymmetry is always going to exist, and, living as we do in a Democratic system, most journalists are going to give the government the benefit of some doubt, even having learned lessons about giving the government that benefit.
No, Marc, you ignorant slut, journalists should not be giving the government "the benefit of some doubt."
The entire fucking point of the profession is to not give anyone the benefit of the doubt, ever. Journalists are supposed to be professional skeptics, not professional stenographers.
If you, or anyone else in the media, don't understand that then you shouldn't be allowed to practice journalism.