how the media can manipulate our viewpoint

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    1. This is why I only buy widescreen format.

    2. Nothing wrong here, getting a drink of whiskey and having his head scratched by a good buddy

      interesting pic though

    3. I hate that they do that. They trick me into thinking one way about a story/incident, only later to see it in context and it could have a completely opposite meaning. Same thing w/ partial quotes. A single sentence quote, taken from a paragraph, w/out context is meaningless, at best. At worst, it’s lying.

      • The sad irony here is that the media, for the most part, has almost complete control of what we hear and learn about almost everything. We would hear about precious little about anything if not for the media, but it is often worse than the proverbial grapevine, with the story getting skewed and spun at each stage of the recording and telling, based on the motives and/or view point of the teller.

        The best we can do is as karlskamera suggests, look for multiple sources, and try to seek out the most objective ones. IE Don’t watch FOX News…

    4. I am unsure what would be wrong with this picture, edited or not.

    5. Also why I blame the media for a good portion of ignorance and idiocy in our society as well as for influencing those for one political opinion or the other rather than presenting facts and letting them decide for themselves. I prefer foreign media coverage of the US politics (BBC anyone?), as its usually less slanted, albeit never completely so.

    6. I confess, I’m astounded that anyone thought this was worth mentioning. I mean, for goodness sake, this is a revelation? That if someone lies to you, or withholds information, you’ll come away with a false impression? There was someone who wasn’t already aware of that?

      I think the important questions are things like: Who is most motivated to try to misrepresent material fact? What is the motivation of the source of a story?

      THis is why it pays to listen to a wide variety of sources.

      (I won’t bother pointing out that if you had, for example, unquestioningly accepted that Iraq had Weapons of Mass Destruction, you’d have been perhaps surprised when none turned up. But then that wasn’t the “media’s” fault, was it?)

    7. The gun is so this motherfucker won’t drink the whole water.

    8. The subtle details get manipluated and varied, yes, but at the end of the day, homie still has a gun to his head, and if it wasnt there in the first place, there’d be nothing to manipulate.

    9. what’s that zip tied onto the top of the gun?

    10. They do have a point though, I mean, if it weren’t for the original picture included in the the middle, I would think that war was devoid of color.

    11. Pretty damn sure all the fucking media these days WOULDN’T cut this image down.

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