Very much plausible.
"... a media psy-op to distract people from real important issues."
Indeed, in that case... just take your pick.
Be aware you'll need several lifetimes to just go through the entire list.
Although, true, the catch-22 has been debunked like... what? ... well, at least 150+ years ago, seemingly:
"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.
"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius