The traditional TV 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 mass media, and are finding it harder to be well informed because it is getting harder to determine which news is accurate.

So what is media's biggest problem? It's bigotry. While ideally all types of media should be objective and hold power to account, in reality, we know that most news outlets are partisan and have their 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 deliver is large. Times, when the mask slips and examples of media manipulation are exposed, is 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 fake news and 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 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 regarding regulation, trolling and people shouting horrible things at each other. The good old traditional news media is needed as a forum for rational debate and expert opinion, but they must stop with the manipulation already! Scroll down to check out the cheeky photo manipulations 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

Reuters/ Hannah Mckay Report

Larkin Elliott (student)
Community Member
2 years ago

I love this because it totally shows how people see things from different angles.

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#2

Tv News Station

Tv News Station

CryPtICcR33PEr Report

glowworm2
Community Member
2 years ago

I love that table! It looks like the kind of funnel used for donations where you put the coins down it and watch them spin.

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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
Community Member
2 years ago

Wow, this is good to see

Skylocks Jonson
Community Member
2 years ago

Did you miss the gun

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K. LNU
Community Member
2 years ago

This photo was seen all over. Some only showed the picture on the left, others the picture on the right. The center picture shows the whole "story." And if you notice, the gun is pointed in the general direction, but not "pressed" to the soldier's head. The original post (of the center photo: U.S. Marines from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit help an Iraqi soldier with water from a canteen in southern Iraq, on Friday, March 21, 2003. Some 200 Iraqi soldiers surrendered to the U.S. 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit just after an hour after it crossed the border into Iraq from northern Kuwait.

Jeff NME
Community Member
2 years ago

I hate to break it you guys, but the USA was busily invading Iraq to oust Saddam Hussein from March 20th, 2003. This man is obviously a PoW, so is being held at gunpoint while being given some water. Do you people have such a short memories that you have completely forgetten recent history?

Mont
Community Member
2 years ago

Clearly a display of compassion combined with the necessary caution of war.

Toufic Khairallah
Community Member
2 years ago

still, an iraqi held prisonner in his country by a foreign occupation force..

Horia Doroftei
Community Member
2 years ago

So they were trying to help him?

Jeff NME
Community Member
2 years ago

Well, yes. After his unit surrendered.

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Daria B
Community Member
2 years ago

Tricky indeed. But the observers would notice the guy on the left has his hand on his lap, the gun is just hanging.

Just JoLynn
Community Member
2 years ago

The guy with his hands in his lap is not the one holding the gun, you can see a hand on the gun.

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Pattie Kelly
Community Member
2 years ago

gun not pointed at head. the soldier on the left is giving the water and the soldier on the left is sitting next to the Iraq soldier with the marine's hand on his own leg and there is a 3rd soldier next to the soldier on the left sitting HIS gun is in his hands. And it looks like it's pointed at the Iraqi soldier's head.

Debster
Community Member
2 years ago

Wow totally 3 different ways to spin it.

Amazon QT
Community Member
2 years ago

Yep. And that’s sad sometimes!

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Michel Guntern
Community Member
2 years ago

Drink this poison or I'll shoot.

Valereee
Community Member
2 years ago

Is there humanity after all ??

Christine Temple
Community Member
2 years ago

Sometimes we don't have the whole picture. On purpose.

Amazon QT
Community Member
2 years ago

BINGO!!! You get a gold star!

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Joseph Barnett
Community Member
2 years ago

I remember seeing that photo before.

Lynn Noyes
Community Member
2 years ago

Well, they did give him water.

Romina Poblete
Community Member
2 years ago

in the original picture the weapon is also in his head, it does not change anything

Erina Prinsloo
Community Member
2 years ago

Good to see

Lewis Jones
Community Member
2 years ago

the deployed are so often shown wrong.....

Susanna Vesna
Community Member
2 years ago

Cut to the US military raping men in a prison in Iraq! Yeah, yeah! Fuckers still invaded and meddled in countries where they dont belong!

Wendy J Shores
Community Member
2 years ago

The media is 99% of the problem with racism and hate in this country too...

Moana Patane Gasu
Community Member
2 years ago

Bring on the REAL pictures! YES!!

Panderz Ba Nanderz
Community Member
2 years ago

Why are both of these things happening simultaneously?

Freya the Wanderer
Community Member
2 years ago

Three stories, one picture.

Marty BlackEagle-Carl
Community Member
2 years ago

Dont always blame the media for how some troll manipulates the pictures... just be careful

Samantha Comerford
Community Member
2 years ago

To beat the crap out of him afterwards . Waterboard or hmm kill later . Remeber peep No weapons of mass. Distinction ! Their you go TrumptheDump that’s your fake news !

Yalda Visa
Community Member
2 years ago

They‘re still holding a gun to his head 🤦🏻‍♀️

Amazon QT
Community Member
2 years ago

Actually if you look at the center photo, he’s not holding it to his head, it’s just hanging off the soldier to the left. Cause if he were to shot the guy, the sound from it firing would damage the soldiers ear that’s next to the gun barrel.

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Jo Choto
Community Member
2 years ago

Oh for pity's sake. The Iraqi soldiers are allies. Sheesh!

H. von Roon
Community Member
2 years ago

Help me out here folks. I'm still seeing an auto rifle pointed at his forehead so.....yes they're giving him water, butttt ummm....?

H. von Roon
Community Member
2 years ago

There is a hand, from someone not fully pictured, on the barrel of that rifle.

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Kjorn
Community Member
2 years ago

never trust the media… Always questionnate what you see! Always!

r3dd3v1lL
Community Member
2 years ago

Ah yes, I've seen that one before. It should be thought in schools. The influence that media can use on public opinion is scary. At least these days you can fact- check on the internet, but still not many people do.

Magpie
Community Member
2 years ago

How can we know who to trust on the internet then?

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Aud Wey
Community Member
2 years ago

WOW. But to be honest, I didn't get the one with the pig ..

rhyan lumilay
Community Member
2 years ago

or they are water boarding him? other side of the story. . .

Irene Walton
Community Member
2 years ago

why would they remove it?

Jeff NME
Community Member
2 years ago

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diane a
Community Member
2 years ago

The First Casualty of War is Truth - never has such a comment made so much sense

K w
Community Member
2 years ago

One dude gives him water while the other dude points/rests his gun on his head....

Amazon QT
Community Member
2 years ago

The gun barrel isn’t touching the Iraqi soldiers head, it’s not even near his head.

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#4

Presidential Inauguration Of Donald Trump

Presidential Inauguration Of Donald Trump

Indi_Comments Report

Ruth Hempsey
Community Member
2 years 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

abbydphillip Report

SnowyLynx
Community Member
2 years ago

Rip

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#6

Soldiers Playing With Kids

Soldiers Playing With Kids

Report

Just a Purpler
Community Member
2 years 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
Community Member
2 years 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

My O My
Community Member
2 years ago

Why is this making me sad?

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#9

Pro-Immigration Protest

Pro-Immigration Protest

TrumpOrTreason Report

Tor Rolf Strøm
Community Member
2 years ago

F'ed up.

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#10

Tax Protest In Paris

Tax Protest In Paris

civsnet Report

Aud Wey
Community Member
2 years ago

FYI: It wasn't a Trump protest! It was a protest for a tax revolt. :)

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#11

Hillary Clinton Event In Ohio

Hillary Clinton Event In Ohio

edhenry Report

SnowyLynx
Community Member
2 years ago

Wow

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#12

Example Of How The Media Can Manipulate Us

Example Of How The Media Can Manipulate Us

PainMagnetGaming Report

SnowyLynx
Community Member
2 years ago

Media is bad it seems

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