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!

tuzdayschild
Community Member
2 years ago

Different people have different ways.

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Keuthonymos
Community Member
2 years ago

Prefer the first picture. Gang prince.

BusLady
Community Member
2 years ago

He's leaving room for #4.

Maggie Dougherty
Community Member
2 years ago

I don't find that odd, that's exactly how I put my fingers for three! To each his own!!

Krystine Patterson
Community Member
2 years ago

I'd love to see William actually give someone the middle finger, the world would be shocked!

Larkin Elliott (student)
Community Member
2 years ago

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

Christina W
Community Member
2 years ago

People are complaining how he is showing "3". That is how you show the number 3 in ASL.

Christina W
Community Member
2 years ago

OH! And they flip you off in the UK by a backwards "Peace" sign showing the back of their hand.

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Rajina Bajracharya
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2 years ago

When you show 3 directly, then yeah I do it the pinky finger down way but while counting from one, it's the other way. So maybe he was counting.

Michel Guntern
Community Member
2 years ago

Strange way to display a three. The thumb would be one of my digits, but then one is not royal.

Mike Proco
Community Member
2 years ago

Seriously what idiot has a problem how someone shows the number 3 on their hand. This is the problem with social media. Even idiots are entitled to their opinion no matter how ridiculous and aggravating it is.

Sherry Conroy
Community Member
2 years ago

This really isn’t news. The media has been lying for the past several years about a lot of things. They spread disinformation constantly.

Matt Blackman
Community Member
2 years ago

I’d like him better if he *was* flipping off the paparazzi.

Emily Laur
Community Member
2 years ago

I always show 3 as putting down my ring finger and pinky.

Nina Khmielnitzky
Community Member
2 years ago

Ever wonder how Romans ordered 5 beers at a bar? They showed the V sign.

Heather Love
Community Member
2 years ago

If they are trying to say this is supposed to be the same picture just from different angles then someone is not being truthful. Look at his mouth, not just the fingers. It's not the same picture.

Miss Cris
Community Member
2 years ago

He might say he nowhas three children and explaining all the poses theyhad use to get ir, by sign language because of the noise. People tend to move their fingers when they speak by signs to people.

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Erina Prinsloo
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2 years ago

Does it really matter??

Roxy Eastland
Community Member
2 years ago

Let's be clear: all of us in the UK know instinctively that this photo is misleading because Prince William, being a true Brit, would never give the bird. He would flick the Vs. Case closed.

Andrew Joseph
Community Member
2 years ago

hahahahaaaaa.............. nicely done

Jasmine Hufflepuff Henderson
Community Member
2 years ago

In American sign language that would be the sign for nine, but flipped. However, I went to Europe last year and saw a lot of people do this for three.

Michèle Gyselinck
Community Member
2 years ago

But I do it exactly the same way he did.

Moana Patane Gasu
Community Member
2 years ago

Idiots always distorting the truth.

Donna Baker
Community Member
2 years ago

depend on how you were brought up. I do it this way

Sue Burrison
Community Member
2 years ago

It's how British people do it.

John Baker
Community Member
2 years ago

I can't believe people are actually debating this. SMH

Kerry Frontino
Community Member
2 years ago

And yet they continue to misconstrue the truth at every turn. They don't care if its not true. As long as you buy their magazines etc.

Suzanne Hall
Community Member
2 years ago

That's the way the British show the number 3. The Germans use their thumb and first two fingers to indicate the number 3.

Jackie Grice
Community Member
2 years ago

Prince William is BRITISH!! They don't give "the finger"!! They give what I can best describe as a reverse peace sign!

Barbara Kistler
Community Member
2 years ago

Frequent use in the “news”

Sick Boy
Community Member
2 years ago

That's nothing compared to how Lady Diana manipulated the press.

Pattie Kelly
Community Member
2 years ago

He's a Royal and heir to the Throne and would never believe the first photo. FAKE NEWS!

Adrian Pintea
Community Member
2 years ago

666

Laura Perkinson
Community Member
2 years ago

Wow, this is the cruelty of those who present such pictures.

marnidarr
Community Member
2 years ago

I never thought about it until now, but holding up the first three fingers to represent the number is also sign language for the letter "W." You don't know who is looking at the picture, and how they are interpreting it. I like a good perspective change every now and again. ;-)

Donovan
Community Member
2 years ago

"Believe half of what you see and nothing of what you hear".

Dudden Hall
Community Member
2 years ago

All media is biased, it is usually owned by individuals or groups of people with political views. Before print gossip was the way people learned the truth. You heard many views from many people and decided what to believe. That power was taken away by the press, radio and television. Today though, through the internet, and social media we are all able to gossip once again, so the truth cannot stay in the hands of those who have been brainwashing the people for centuries.

Theo Groenevelt
Community Member
2 years ago

Must be a British thing to denote the # 3 that way..?? or just a scret Windsor thing.?

Ellie Andrews
Community Member
2 years ago

same

Ellie Andrews
Community Member
2 years ago

same

Kimothy Opgenorth
Community Member
2 years ago

my husband and his father switched to doing three this way because their hands (as they aged) wouldn't crease in the way needed to do 3 with pinky down and pointer up.

Tanya Dalton
Community Member
2 years ago

I do it this way

Michael Raso
Community Member
2 years ago

Ever single media source made it clear he was NOT giving anyone the finger. It was mostly media refuting Morin’s on Facebook. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/699086/Prince-William-Kate-Middleton-Louis-Royal-news-St-Marys-Hospital-Lindo-Wing/amp The media did its job. This is a bad article.

Michael Raso
Community Member
2 years ago

Every actual media source explained how the prince was taking about his child. It’s not “the media. It’s jerks on Facebook. Your very first example is absolute BS.

Kjorn
Community Member
2 years ago

so funny.

Savant
Community Member
2 years ago

what

diane a
Community Member
2 years ago

why do people persist in calling her Kate Middleton when she has been married for 7 years?

Crouching_Penn_Hidden_Teller@yahoo.com
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2 years ago

why do people even care about royalty?

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Georgette Goldie
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2 years ago

As Wills is British if he was "giving you the finger" he'd be using two fingers - index and middle

Dilly Millandry
Community Member
2 years ago

That's 'up-yours'. Giving the finger is still just the one finger.

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J Martin Jones
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2 years ago

You can tell The Duke of Cambridge was never a Boy Scout. If so, he'd have done it like the Scout Sign: thumb holding pinky down, other three fingers erect, palm facing the front. ✌️This is the Cub Scout sign. Add your right ring finger for the Boy Scout sign. It's the same sign worldwide. And Scouts shake hands with their left hands, except in cultures where it's verboten.

diane a
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2 years ago

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diane a
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2 years ago (edited)

I was the crowd lining the street on "the strand" for the wedding , I was in Hyde Park for the fireworks the night before. we slept in Woolies Window on the Strand in central london the right .We saw it all - we herad Diana get the name wrong - collective groan CharlesPhillip Arthur George . it was a brilliant day

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otaku fox
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2 years ago

Technically in England a peace-sign is flipping off.

diane a
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2 years ago

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HARAMBE MATTERS
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2 years ago

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because these niggers are black and cant take photos for shit

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#2

Tv News Station

Tv News Station

CryPtICcR33PEr Report

glowworm2
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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
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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

SnowyLynx
Community Member
2 years ago

Rip

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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

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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