"Our press and text books in school says the same thing about the Middle East and Africa. "
What press are you reading? Perhaps the papers in San Francisco have changed a great deal since I was there, but I am not aware of any mainstream press here in the US that attempts to portray the Middle East or Africa as "bad" places.
I agree that the "alternative" press is a valuable resource, especially in these days of the decline and fall of the two-newspaper town, but you should apply the "grain of salt test" to all press, regardless of whether they are "mainstream," or "alternative."
Besides all of which, many of the "alternative" papers are now part of rather large and successful conglomerates, themselves, calling their vaunted independence into question.
...three miles from BRONS, clear for the ILS one five approach...