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.

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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.

Trixster Million
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2 years ago

STILL butthurt from the 2016 election?

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SnowyLynx
Community Member
2 years ago

Rip

Heather Cox
Community Member
2 years ago

There's obviously more than 50 people there but not as many as it would appear in the top photo

Glowdaddy
Community Member
2 years ago

We zoom/ crop personal pictures to get a better view of the subject. I don't feel like the first picture is an attempt to deceive.

Stephanie Stevens
Community Member
2 years ago

Trump came to Johnson City, TN a few weeks ago. The entire stadium was filled up to capacity and there were still over 10,000 people outside waiting to get in. I'd say that's a few more than the turnout she had.

Susanna Vesna
Community Member
2 years ago

WUAHAHAHA! Fucking Killary!

Donna Baker
Community Member
2 years ago

You must be a Democrat, You do so well at criticizing Trump. Maybe he isn't the best but sure better Than the b----h that lost. Thank GOD for that

Pattie Kelly
Community Member
2 years ago

Optical Illusions. Obama is doing that with his speeches today. He brings all the people together so it LOOKS like a big crowd. Senator Pamela Harris went on a speaking engagement last week and only 200 people showed up and only 10 people had questions after she gave her speech. Didn't look that way on TV.

Laura Perkinson
Community Member
2 years ago

politics , sad sad always about who can convince the people using any means possible.

Sherry Conroy
Community Member
2 years ago

Yeah I don’t think us Trump supporters are paid. But if you believe that then you are totally lost.

Aislynn Bierenga
Community Member
2 years ago

it looks like it's in a high school gym

Tor Rolf Strøm
Community Member
2 years ago

Lol, cnn fake news strikes again.

Tor Rolf Strøm
Community Member
2 years ago

People are actually arguing that this isn't fake? It's clear as day that this is misleading and meant to be. Wake the fukk up.

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Michel Guntern
Community Member
2 years ago

Oh, ha ha.

Bored Phoenix
Community Member
2 years ago

Wow. That’s all?

Mark Elliott
Community Member
2 years ago

funny, i don't see you complaining about how obama pronounced marine " corpse" for marine corp

Mihail Dragolov
Community Member
2 years ago

Still more people than the inauguration of Trump

Migue Avendaño
Community Member
2 years ago

Politicians are specialists in faking news

Buzz Anderson
Community Member
2 years ago

Actually this is BULLSHIT. This is a picture at the BEGINNING the people coming in. ALL one has to do is go to GOOGLE IMAGES and type in Hillary Omaha Rally and you will see there were literally thousands of people there. THIS is how YOUR manipulate US with BULLSHIT. IF you could allow pictures I could show the final amount of people. Lying POS. yourselves.

moeless
Community Member
2 years ago

So very lame, Bored Panda.

Diane Van Osdol
Community Member
2 years ago

Funny! :-)

Grumble O'Pug
Community Member
2 years ago

Same thing at a Cruz rally this week, but less ppl

Carmen Elena
Community Member
2 years ago

oops

Joyce Lindsay
Community Member
2 years ago

Trust that peolpe will take any opportunity to be Trumpeteers. This is about how the media manipulates the truth not about Trump and his falliasies so please STOP.

Yenny Kartika
Community Member
2 years ago

there's nothing wrong with it; the only problem is our point of view

Jitrice Budd-Sanford
Community Member
2 years ago

TPPisTreason, can't count either!

Sue Garnhum
Community Member
2 years ago

TPPisTreason needs to learn how to count. There's a lot more than 50 people there. And besides, that's exactly what they do to make the crowds seem bigger at Trump rallies!

sh
Community Member
2 years ago

No, those crowds were legitimate. The ones in FL were.

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Holly Hobby
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2 years ago

LMAO

Christine Temple
Community Member
2 years ago

Her people don't have to be paid to be there.

Monika Rhodes
Community Member
2 years ago

Just like the inauguration- next.

Ruth Hempsey
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2 years ago

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There are some doozies for Trump, rather like his inauguration pics.

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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
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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.

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#10

Tax Protest In Paris

Tax Protest In Paris

civsnet Report

VoxyMan
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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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