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

Ladies and Gentlemen
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2 years 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

CryPtICcR33PEr Report

Ladies and Gentlemen
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2 years 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
Community Member
2 years ago

Wow, this is good to see

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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

Elle Campbell
Community Member
2 years 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

Report

Just a Purpler
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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

Kjorn
Community Member
2 years 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
Community Member
2 years 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.

Master Markus
Community Member
2 years ago

Yeah, I feel like it's kind of silly to get all upset about this picture of a kid that isn't real when the real thing is still definitely happening. (I don't know if they're in cages like that, so maybe that's the issue, but it doesn't take away how awful the whole thing is).

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Tor Rolf Strøm
Community Member
2 years ago

F'ed up.

Kjorn
Community Member
2 years ago

both side are bias. the end justify the mean i supposed… i hate these time. media are so hypocrites

moeless
Community Member
2 years ago

Irrelevant. But this is Barry Obama's doing when it was real. Truth hurts, no?

Aria Whitaker
Community Member
2 years ago

"Barry Obama" did NOT tear children away from their parents and cage them. He detained unaccompanied minors....children who came here WITHOUT a parent or guardian, until such could be located. Trump took kids from their mothers and fathers, separated them and then kept the parents and children in separate cages. Those without an agenda are smart enough to understand that is not the same thing, at all.....but, as you stated, Truth hurts, no?

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Melody Reid
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2 years ago

Child detention is to protect the children brought across the border by people other than their parents. I.e. child trafficking.

Carol Emory
Community Member
2 years ago

Well they had to use this pic because the detainment centers won't let any of the media in with cameras. I wonder why that is?

Glowdaddy
Community Member
2 years ago

When I saw the first picture IRL, I was fooled and angered by it. I need to give more thought to the images I see.

Tor Rolf Strøm
Community Member
2 years ago

Even worse, I've seen people who posted that upper picture, being confronted with it being fake, and still they keep on as if it was real. People. Damn people, man.

Emory Griffis
Community Member
2 years ago

As far as Telemundo is concerned, it was real; they are the ones who staged this bit of propaganda.

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Caprice Percle
Community Member
2 years ago

Let’s blame the real people for this. Starting with Clinton who signed the law in 1996. Obama was responsible for more families being separated than Trump. And this administration has found more child sex traffickers!

Linda D
Community Member
2 years ago

So many people have been brainwashed to the point where they actually cannot see the truth and want to believe the lies.

Pattie Kelly
Community Member
2 years ago

Plus children were detained in cages when separated at the border from their mothers but it was in 2014 when Obama was president and now blamed on President Trump. That was the big optical illusion.

Aria Whitaker
Community Member
2 years ago

Again, that is not true! Those were UNACCOMPANIED MINORS...with no parent or guardian, who were there until such could be found. There was NO policy of child separation under Obama. People "blamed President Trump" because HE started the policy of separating children that WERE here with their parents. The "optical illusion" is that you believe a lie, one that is easily debunked with information that is easy to find.

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Kathleen Nelson
Community Member
2 years ago

Yeah, where is the blue tarp? I don't think these pictures show the same thing!

Josie LH
Community Member
7 months ago

To be fair, this looks like a meme made by some amateur. Not “the media”.

Tom Vaillancourt
Community Member
2 years ago

Fake News!

Paula Swanson
Community Member
2 years ago

Kids were held in detention centers, in "cages" or make shift areas during both the Obama and Trump Administrations. The Trump admin is following the rules and policies left by the Obama Admin. Now, this can all get changed....stop the flow of illegals, and these scenes will stop.

Up All Night
Community Member
2 years ago

I am the only on who is concerned about how this picture was made? I mean they put a little child in the cage and WAITED for him to become frightened and frustrated enough to start to cry so they can get their damn photo.

Ottmar Straub
Community Member
2 years ago

Well the mainstream-media have to fight Trump and they do it with a whole range of lies.

noitall man
Community Member
2 years ago

I think BP is basically lying to us at this point... let's not perpetuate false equivalency to justify terrible things going on as not so terrible...

Karen Hansen
Community Member
2 years ago

This isn't the media - it's an asshat with a computer.

Christina Sersif
Community Member
2 years ago

slippery slope

SAF saf
Community Member
2 years ago

So were lumping in online memes with the "media"? This is the kind "news" that people rely on Facebook for.

Melody Lanzatella
Community Member
2 years ago

EXACTLY!

Robert Wiersema
Community Member
2 years ago

How did he get out?

Full Name
Community Member
2 years ago

I'm somewhat okay with this one because they're trying to highlight a general thing that's happening, as opposed to this specific child in this specific situation. I don't think any more information is conveyed by travelling and getting access to an actual child who's on the other side of the fence from their parents (provided it's actually a thing).

Marina
Community Member
2 years ago

Yup

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Peter Beard
Community Member
2 years ago

When we see a picture that illustrates what is happening we have the right to expect that picture to be true, not what someone thinks maybe going on.

Linda Van Maanen
Community Member
2 years ago

This was known right from the start. It's a protest.

BusLady
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2 years ago

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Person2638
Community Member
2 years ago

The detention camps are very much real. Maybe you could do some research before just posting your own "knowledge," as you call it, here.

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Mont
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2 years ago

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Also, this is from the Obama presidency.

BusLady
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2 years ago

???

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Wendy Vetting
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2 years ago

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I’m absolutely fine with it.

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#10

Tax Protest In Paris

Tax Protest In Paris

civsnet Report

VoxyMan
Community Member
2 years 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

edhenry Report

Elle Campbell
Community Member
2 years ago

Sure. tRump does it all the time! "Yuge crowds!" Hahahaha

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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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John Ashley
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2 years ago

The pig appears happy.

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