That is not to say that you did not also accuse me of bullying Vern — which I wasn't and still am not doing — but that was not the reason why you said you were stepping down. As the matter of fact — and here it is — you stated that as far as you were concerned, you were tired of Vern and you couldn't care less if we were to kick him out.
The very fact that we have not kicked Vern out and that we're still trying to talk some sense into him should then also be the evidence of why what I am doing here on this thread — and what I've done on other threads in the past — is not bullying. I am not yelling at him, and I am not insulting him by calling him ugly names or falsely accusing him. I am simply confronting Vern with his naiveté, and explaining to him why his approach and his opinions are all wrong, as any good teacher would and should with pigheaded students that the teacher doesn't want to give up on as a lost cause and a waste of energy.
The way I get to it is as follows... I have a bookmark to the Google News page for Belgium — it also covers international news, of course, but Google groups the topics together (as headlines only) of which there is a version in the regional language — they already filter the results in advance (including the weather forecast) based upon your geolocation, which in turn they derive from your IP address — and I am logged into Google, so I can set my preferences on account of language and news sources I want to see, as well as news sources I want to block.
From that overview — which is already filtered because I am blocking certain sources — I then select (some of) the topics offered by vrt.be, and once I've gotten to one or several such articles, I can read up on other topics covered by the news section of vrt.be. Underneath every article, there are four vertically arranged links (with photos) to similarly themed articles (from vtr.be itself, but possibly already a few weeks old), and at the bottom of the page, there is a horizontally scrolling list of links (without photos) with (sometimes abridged) headlines of today's other news articles from vrt.be itself.
Occasionally, I will also pick an article from another news source that appears in the Google News overview, and most commonly, that will either be for a scientific article from reputed science websites, or a current news topic from a politically fairly neutral newspaper with an online presence, but most of their articles are hidden behind a paywall. You do however still get to see an introductory paragraph, and in the cases where I look at such articles, that introductory paragraph is all I need, because then it usually pertains to something that has happened regionally and that I didn't know about yet, such as an accident, a murder, or some other local event that isn't being covered by vrt.be.
I am being very selective even among the headlines that I allow Google News to show me, because there are some that I simply cannot seem to block, mostly because they are from smaller news outlets that are corporately tied to one of the larger media groups. Among such articles/headlines are all of the stuff to do with sports — mostly soccer, bicycle races and tennis — as well as typical gossipy women's magazines, such as Royalty Watchers, fashion stuff, et al.
Google News does not allow me to block those, so I have to wade through the list of headlines and mentally ignore all of that junk until I come across a vrt.be link that could potentially interest me — I don't read all of their stuff either, because I'm not interested in the gender identity issues, private life issues or fashion whims of celebrities (including politicians and YouTubers), or in whatever riot any particular politician has caused again. I'm not even interested in the whole political bickering circus, or in election polls, or whatever. I also block tracking cookies, which means that if an article directly links to a YouTube video, a Facebook post or a Twitter message, then those do not show up in my browser, and instead I see a box that reads something along the lines of "The above content contains a link to a YouTube/Facebook/Twitter/whatever article, which we cannot show you because you have disabled third-party content in your browser."
Things I do read up on are international politics — although the war in Ukraine has already begun losing any interest to me because we all know what it's really all about, and that it's still going to go on for years — and upon certain ongoing murder investigations, the wave of crime in Antwerp (which is currently in the middle of an open war between drug cartels), changes in the law that could have a direct effect on people such as myself, important financial news, and other such local-to-Belgium things.
I do not watch anything from so-called influencers — may piss be upon them — and I don't follow anyone on Twitter, nor am I on Facebook. The only politically-tinted channel I follow on YouTube is Abby Martin's Empire Files, of which I don't necessarily watch everything either, although I will generally watch most of it. Everything else I follow on YouTube is about fast cars, musical instruments and gear, as well as science lectures and a couple of cover bands that regularly put out new music videos.
Another difference is that I'm using an actual desktop computer with a 27" screen in 1920 x 1080 resolution, in stark contrast to Vern, who only uses his phone. This allows me a lot more freedom of navigation, selection and cross-checking.