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
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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
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2 years ago

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

C
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2 years ago

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What's wrong with that? Also what's on the other side of this photo? Looks as if security is guarding something. A bunch of people are in the photo waving and this is being treated like Pence is waving at a fake crowd. I see at least four hands waving so perhaps there is something out of frame the are waving at?

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Melissa Gibbs
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2 years ago

It's not the same picture. The white lines on the road are missing, the blondes head is turned differently, other people are missing. These pictures were not taken at the same time. Nice job bored panda. Messing with pictures in a post about messing with pictures.

Jeff NME
Community Member
2 years ago

Even the colour of the road surface is different between both photos. Even "Blind Freddy" could tell these photos weren't even taken within seconds of each other, unless the roadway suddenly changed clour from black tarmac into what looks more like pebblecrete or maybe a sports stadium running track, with a blue "best line" painted on it.

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Elle Campbell
Community Member
2 years ago

Hahahaha! "Yuge crowds!"

Cherry Warr
Community Member
2 years ago

Ugh! really? in a story ABOUT bias, you do THIS?? they aren't the same photo, the people are not in the same positions, they aren't even looking in the same direction.

SouthernFried
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2 years ago

It's not meant to literally be the same photo, just same time/situation.

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Lorena Lanmon
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2 years ago

That's not the same picture! Different people around, one is day one is evening, different pavement.

H. von Roon
Community Member
2 years ago

The crowd was the biggliest, hugeliest ever! Way bigger than any inauguration crowds before! Bigly hugeliest!!! *FAKE NEWS!!!!!* AND *MORE CHUMP LIES*

Liz Karsa
Community Member
2 years ago

HAHAHAHAHA

Cherry Warr
Community Member
2 years ago

really?? even in a story ABOUT bias, you slip in this It's not the same photo, the people are not in the same position, they aren't even looking in the same direction.

Debster
Community Member
2 years ago

Look I went to Obama's and sat in that same area at the end. Both sides were packed. BS it was closed for security. You are vetted to get through and you pay big bucks to sit there.

diane a
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2 years ago

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Guess the Trump voters either couldnt afford gas for their trucks or maybe realised their mistake

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Pattie Kelly
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2 years ago

The president follows and the secret service don't want the bleachers filled with people when walking down the road. For security reasons. Plus the President and the Vice President ALWAYS travel separately. That is in case the President gets killed the Vice President will be alive to become the sitting President. They never travel together

Hobo Moe
Community Member
2 years ago

Not the same picture.

Robert Wiersema
Community Member
2 years ago

That side of 15th Street was closed during the Inaugural Parade for security reasons.

moeless
Community Member
2 years ago

Did nobody see this live on the news? Talk about manipulation...

First Name
Community Member
2 years ago

Really? THIS VERY COMPARISON IS FAKE NEWS! It's not even the same photo! Shame on you BP for perpetuating this anti-Trump crap.

L Jennings
Community Member
2 years ago

You can CLEARLY see the same people wearing the EXACT SAME clothing. They may have walked on 2 or 3 steps but its the SAME DAY/HOUR/EVENT. OPEN your EYES, Trumpeters, you are all BLIND to the TRUTH.

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love life you only live once
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2 years ago (edited)

i am lonley oh so lonley or are they all just on the other side?????????????

Loren Harder
Community Member
2 years ago

Perhaps these seats were near the end of the parade route and were reserved for people who were in the parade.

Tracy Perry
Community Member
2 years ago

Two separare photos. At least attempt to be a little honest.

Ann Murphy
Community Member
2 years ago

Not the same picture. Now this article is the example of the article.

Michelle Cornelius
Community Member
2 years ago

One is on a street one on Another paved surface. Ya. This story I should even flawed Panda.

Caprice Percle
Community Member
2 years ago

Can we say phot shopped? Look at it! Not the same picture at all! Once again MSM strikes with what they want you to see and hear! They are the enemy of the American People.

L Jennings
Community Member
2 years ago

You can CLEARLY see the same people wearing the EXACT SAME clothing. They may have walked on 2 or 3 steps but its the SAME DAY/HOUR/EVENT. OPEN your EYES, Trumpeters, you are all BLIND to the TRUTH.

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moeless
Community Member
2 years ago

I've always tried to overlook BP's radical left bias but they are making it more difficult daily.

Bron
Community Member
2 years ago

And yet, #5

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Sherry Conroy
Community Member
2 years ago

Lol. This is even more disinformation about disinformation . The bottom picture was actually taken before people showed up. Wow.

Melody Reid
Community Member
2 years ago

Two different pictures.

Karol Jamison
Community Member
2 years ago

Weird. I was there and I know I saw the stands full.

Jacki
Community Member
2 years ago

Pfft. Talk about Double sided stories.

Id row
Community Member
2 years ago

He's waving at all the crickets, lol.

Debbie
Community Member
2 years ago

o dear the self illusion

Darrel Williams
Community Member
1 year ago

That's because it's probably a dry run.

Indre Noreika
Community Member
1 year ago

These are two different pictures. A lot of the people are different if you look closely

Id row
Community Member
1 year ago

But it was a bigly crowd, just ask Trump! It was yuuuge!

amberbuck
Community Member
1 year ago

These two photos are not in the same place. Even on this, they are trying to manipulate us!

Teresa Aguilar
Community Member
1 year ago

No one in the bleachers and he still became president! Good job protesters! 👍

KT Pinto
Community Member
2 years ago

Hmmm... and if they pan out more? What was that about media-manipulation?

UnicornHuman
Community Member
2 years ago

me in the shower pretending im famous

Lewis Jones
Community Member
2 years ago

this is a lame one, asshole!

Michel Guntern
Community Member
2 years ago

Walking down the road ten hours before the event.

Pauline Jacob
Community Member
2 years ago

This doesn't show if there are people this side of the camera. The second photo still shows bias.

John Baker
Community Member
2 years ago

But... but we know Trump had the bigliest inauguration crowd in history!

Güldal Salman
Community Member
2 years ago

I will never forget that guy name till the day i will die

ptm45
Community Member
2 years ago

hahahaha no people!

Jerry Gonzales
Community Member
2 years ago

Imaginary friends.

Amazon QT
Community Member
2 years ago

I don’t see a photo at all. Weird!! Looks like Donald’s getting his way when it comes to media exposure of him.

Minnie-me
Community Member
2 years ago

Idiots on parade

Christine Temple
Community Member
2 years ago

Empty stands for empty suits.

Ginger Shows
Community Member
2 years ago

It's not the same location at all. Day vs night, not the same people, not the same picture

Christina Sersif
Community Member
2 years ago

What's the bow wow challenge?

David Wetzel
Community Member
2 years ago

Not relevant, these are 2 different shots

anton
Community Member
2 years ago

Rip

Laura Perkinson
Community Member
2 years ago

They are looking up hoping someone will drop people into the stands!

Justin Boyd
Community Member
2 years ago

they are in a completely different spot what happen to the red white and blue things in the background

Jitrice Budd-Sanford
Community Member
2 years ago

Backgrounds not the same....no flags, bleachers

L Jennings
Community Member
2 years ago

You can CLEARLY see the same people wearing the EXACT SAME clothing. They may have walked on 2 or 3 steps but its the SAME DAY/HOUR/EVENT. OPEN your EYES, Trumpeters, you are all BLIND to the TRUTH.

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Nikki D
Community Member
2 years ago

What's the big deal?

Gregory Anderson
Community Member
2 years ago

LMAO!

Lorraine Measor
Community Member
2 years ago

That is funny.......

BusLady
Community Member
2 years ago

Princess Eugenie was invited? (look for it)

Daniella Cross
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2 years ago (edited)

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This was the Inaugural Parade. And yes, a very small section was closed off for security reasons. Perhaps the creator of this commentary just wanted to add a Conservative in his piece for good measure, whether it was true or NOT! https://www.nbcnews.com/video/mike-pence-walks-in-inaugural-day-parade-859394115695?v=raila&

C
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2 years ago

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What is the issue here? There are only a handful of people in the background of the original.

Swetha Umashankar
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2 years ago

The stands have no ppl.hes waving to no one

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#5

Hillary Rally In Omaha

Hillary Rally In Omaha

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Elle Campbell
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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

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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

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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.

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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

Katrin
Community Member
2 years 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
Community Member
2 years ago

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

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