The traditional news media has been having a rough time in the last few years. According to a recent survey, more Americans have a negative (43%) than a positive (33%) view of the news media, and are finding it harder to be well informed because it is getting harder to determine which news is accurate.


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The problem is bias. While ideally the media should be objective and hold power to account, in reality we know that most news outlets are partisan and have their own agenda to advance. Whether state-owned or run by some shady tax-avoiding billionaire, getting 'the masses' to view the world from a certain perspective has always been a priceless power to wield.

So why is trust in the media so low? Well, according to the same survey, 8 out of 10 Americans believe that the news media are critical to their democracy. The gap between these lofty expectations of an honest, objective media and the performance that they actually deliver is large. Times when the mask slips and examples of media manipulation are exposed are hugely damaging to trust (don't even get me started on the 2003 Iraq war), and people naturally turn to social media for other, even-easier-to-manipulate sources. Thus we are in the current state in which we find ourselves: confused, mistrustful and divided.

People have been posting examples of how media can use different techniques of deception, to trick you into seeing exactly what they wanted you to see. As you will discover, perspective really is everything! It all goes to show that a healthy dose of skepticism goes a long way, and getting your news from a wide range of different sources is your best bet to a more rounded view of the world we live in. Social media is good in that respect, but bad in terms of regulation, trolling and people shouting horrible things at each other. The good old traditional news media really is needed as a forum for rational debate and expert opinion, but they gotta stop with the manipulation already! Scroll down to check out the cheeky bastards in action for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments!

#1 Photo Taken When Kate Middleton And Prince William Presented Third Royal Baby To The World

Photo Taken When Kate Middleton And Prince William Presented Third Royal Baby To The World

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Ladies and Gentlemen 2 weeks ago

I don't know if its odd, but i show number 3 by pinching the pinky finger down to thumb, not this way!

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#2 Tv News Station

Tv News Station

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Ladies and Gentlemen 2 weeks ago

Why i find this so funny?

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#3 U.s. Marines From The 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit Help An Iraqi Soldier With Water From A Canteen In Southern Iraq, March 21, 2003

U.s. Marines From The 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit Help An Iraqi Soldier With Water From A Canteen In Southern Iraq, March 21, 2003

AP Report

SnowyLynx 2 weeks ago

Wow, this is good to see

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#4 Presidential Inauguration Of Donald Trump

Presidential Inauguration Of Donald Trump

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Ruth Hempsey 2 weeks ago

He's waving at the camera and reporters because there aren't any other people except security.

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#5 Hillary Rally In Omaha

Hillary Rally In Omaha

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Elle Campbell 2 weeks ago

That's more than 50 people. And it's still more than the "Yuge crowds" of legitimate(unpaid) tRump supporters that show up for his rallies.

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#6 Soldiers Playing With Kids

Soldiers Playing With Kids

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Just a Purpler 2 weeks ago

But both pictures are fine, no?

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#7 Conservative Leader Theresa May Launches The Party's Campaign Bus In Northumberland

Conservative Leader Theresa May Launches The Party's Campaign Bus In Northumberland

Stefan Rousseau/PA Archive/PA Images Report

Laugh Fan 2 weeks ago

Think I'm going to assume this is done for most of these types of events!

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#8 Photographer Ruben Salvadori Covered The Conflict Between Israeli Soldiers And Palestinian Youths. The Picture Above Was Staged In Cooperation With A Young Palestinian

Photographer Ruben Salvadori Covered The Conflict Between Israeli Soldiers And Palestinian Youths. The Picture Above Was Staged In Cooperation With A Young Palestinian

Ruben Salvadori Report

Kjorn 2 weeks ago

never trust BOTH sides… Israeli and palestinian use disinformation.

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#9 Pro-Immigration Protest

Pro-Immigration Protest

TrumpOrTreason Report

Paul O'Connor 2 weeks ago

Because it was demonstration ILLUSTRATING child detention, not purporting to actually show it. Hence the kids in the cages are holding protest signs. Someone took it and made a meme, which is why THAT photo is on a page talking about how pictures can lie. But yeah, kids were still put behind bars for real elsewhere.

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#10 Tax Protest In Paris

Tax Protest In Paris

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VoxyMan 2 weeks ago

Many of these examples are what photographers are SUPPOSED to do, it's not fake news.

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#11 Hillary Clinton Event In Ohio

Hillary Clinton Event In Ohio

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Katrin 2 weeks ago

Without a timestamp, this picture shows nothing

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#12 Example Of How The Media Can Manipulate Us

Example Of How The Media Can Manipulate Us

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C 2 weeks ago

This is the work of someone trolling, not the media.

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