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Letter: More manipulation than ever

One of the major flaps in the current political scene is of the so-called “fake news.”

As bad as that is, the problem actually goes much deeper.

Years ago I had a short stint in politics but soon decided it was not my thing. I did learn, however, how news reporting can be subtly manipulated.

For instance a reporter can take several pictures of a candidate speaking. If he supports the candidate he will publish a good, strong pose. If he is against them he will catch them looking silly and publish that picture.

There are many more subtle maneuvers. Is the headline or the article on the front page or page nine? Is it featured on the news at the best time people are watching or the least viewer time?

Another tricky tactic is the political cartoons. They are usually totally one-sided making fun of the candidate that particular publishers are against. Even the comic strips can be distorted.

There are many more subtle ways to promote or discredit a political candidate.

Mark Twain said, “If you don’t read the news you are uninformed. If you do read it you are misinformed.”

It is scary how many people are so easily manipulated, seemingly now more than ever.

Don’t let yourself be a victim of this tactic. The stakes are really high.

Ross L Talbott
New Castle


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