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September 01, 2017, 06:24:22 PM
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The US media keeps us distracted by making a big deal out of little events, and sometimes those events may actually not have happened at all, such as fake shootings to stir up racial tensions. A bus running off the end of a bridge can be reported by all 3 major US TV networks and keep them busy for a quite a while. But the public really doesn't need to know about this.

I think much of the reporting of the newest Trump thing distracts people for other things, such as how the housing market is collapsing again.

There are surely many more examples! Post your own.
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October 13, 2017, 03:52:43 PM
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I think right now they're exaggerating how slowly Puerto Rico and maybe St. Maartin are recovering from Maria, and trying to blame Trump for causing this.
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October 13, 2017, 06:37:20 PM
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I clearly remember when during Obama tenure as President, the US with the news fabricated a story saying that Assad has used chemicals weapons on the Syrian civilians knowing full well that it was the rebels who used the said chemicals to cause the deaths all because they wanted to overthrow Assad.



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October 29, 2017, 01:42:27 PM
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The Jessica Lynch story has been a nice example of a media manufactured Myth :

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2003/may/15/iraq.usa2
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November 19, 2017, 01:45:29 AM
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The whole story of Russia determining the American elextions was clearly an exaggerated story, unless the USA is a banana republic which anyone can so easily manipulate with just a few tweets and stuff.
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November 20, 2017, 09:43:36 AM
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The media will publish whatever is most profitable for them. Regardless, information should flow freely and be available to everyone such that people can form their own opinions.

The real problem is the people who allow themselves to be misled by any kind of propaganda machinery. Every person has a human duty to investigate the facts and stand up for the truth.

That being said, a block chain based decentralized media with a built-in rule set (i.e. contract) to enforce ethics of truthfulness could solve some of the problems in this area.
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