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Is Everything in the Mainstream Media Fake? – 6 Examples of Media Manipulation

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Waking Times

The world of television and modern media has become a tool of de-evolution, propaganda and social control. Since the reign of Edward Bernays and the rise of the Tavistock Institute in the early 20th century, nearly unlimited resources have been applied to understanding how to manipulate the human psyche through television and other forms of mass media. What we have today is an increasingly sophisticated full-spectrum assault on free will and psychological well-being, and we have come to a point where it is no longer even necessary for media institutions to attempt to hide their blatant work of manipulating public opinion, manufacturing consent, and creating winners and losers in the minds of the already brain-washed public.

Here are 6 examples where truth reveals that the impression the media is conveying to a dumbed-down, unsuspecting public differs greatly from what is actually happening behind the scenes. By looking at these examples in a single location, it is easy to see how the mainstream media is pushes ulterior motives on the public, and how important it is to be vigilant when consuming consumer info.

News Media Lies, Scripting, Omissions and Obfuscations

1. Time Magazine sanitizes their covers for American consumption – Time Magazine is considered a leader in national news, yet they consistently portray a dumbed-down, frivolous image of life in America while presenting an entirely different message to the rest of the world. In the two examples below, their magazine covers feature a different cover story for Americans while sending different messages to the rest of the world.

Time Magazine Covers 1

Time Magazine Covers 2

Source: Buzzfeed

2. CNN is the leader in fake war news coverage – Here are just 2 examples of how CNN has scripted and staged live war coverage to create a sense of drama and danger around people who were not in harm’s way.

Anderson Cooper fakes Syria war footage by dubbing in sound effects and playing chaotic video next to a Syrian correspondent. In the video you can see how in one tape the correspondent is a safe environment, then you see the footage aired by CNN with dubbed in theatrical effects:

In this CNN clip of coverage of the first Gulf War in the 1990’s, anchorman Charles Jaco makes a joke of war coverage in Saudia Arabia and demonstrates how the news is overly sensationalized for American audiences, and how hosts pretend to be in danger when they are not. At 7:00 in this clip Jaco quickly puts on a ridiculous gas mask for obvious theatrics while talking to a guest:

Manufactured ‘Reality’ TV

3. The Biggest Loser – Americans should by now already know that ‘reality shows’ are staged. The popular TV show, Biggest Loser, where overweight people compete to lose the most weight for the entertainment benefit of the rest of the world, lies about the circumstances of the training and weighing regimen of their contestants while using underhanded methods to generate phony emotional responses from their contestants.

“They want the drama, the tears, the fights, the tears, the triumphs and the tears. Producers would push you to cry because that’s what makes good TV. They continually asked questions like “Do you miss your kids?” Needless to say, I broke down more than once…

Have you ever wondered how the contestants manage to lose a staggering 12 kilos in a single week? We don’t. In my series a weekly weigh-in was NEVER filmed after just one week of working out. In fact the longest gap from one weigh-in to the next was three and a half weeks. That’s 25 days between weigh-ins, not seven.” -Andrew ‘Cosi’ Costello, former contestant

Source: Courier Mail

It turns out that many of the so-called ‘reality’ shows are actually scripted theatrical presentations that count on the viewer’s suspension of disbelief to garner ratings. More info on the many fake ‘reality’ shows can be found here, and here.

4. Nationally scripted local ‘news’ – The comedian and talk show host Conan O’Brien has done a service for America by compiling overtly ridiculous cases of local ‘news’ broadcasts that were simultaneously repeated verbatim in dozens of markets nationwide. This is proof that you simply cannot trust the authenticity of what you are seeing on news broadcasts. Watch these stunning and blatant examples of this in the following videos:

Digital Image Manipulation is Ubiquitous in the Media

5. Manipulating Images as War Propaganda – There are many examples of how newspapers around the world photoshop images of war in order to influence public opinion. All sides in a conflict will do this as propaganda, so it is important to remember this when consuming news on international conflicts and to be alert for phonies. The images below of the recent conflict in Syria show how easily images are manipulated for the purposes of propaganda:

6. Advertising Industry ‘Touches Up’ Images of People – The practice of digitally ‘touching up’ actors and models in images and videos is an overt industry standard. Yet most people, whether they’re aware of image manipulation or not, still process television and print images on the sub-conscious level as if they were, primarily because everyone is doing it, and our bias for ‘normal’ has been socially reconstructed to adopt advertising lies as normal.

This process is demonstrated in the following video where an ordinary looking woman is transformed into a lusty beauty queen for the purposes of selling more products to consumers.


Whether for marketing or for manufacturing consent, the media industry is guilty of using subtle and not-so-subtle tactics to influence our conscious and subconscious minds to influence our opinions and behavior. There are countless other examples of these practices, and discerning, awake people would be well served to be vigilant of this when consuming modern media in any form.

You don’t have to be paranoid these days to acknowledge that you’re being lied to and that the institutions we should be able to depend on for bringing us an objective view of world are anything but objective.

About the Author

Sigmund Fraud is a survivor of modern psychiatry and a dedicated mental activist. He is a staff writer for where he indulges in the possibility of a massive shift towards a more psychologically aware future for mankind.

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  • Mark

    Everything in this world is truly inverted…..

  • George Orwell

    The man who writes the truth is named Fraud. What a brilliant irony.

    • WakingTimes

      The irony is part of the message.

  • Alen

    If journalism were like this article – we’d live in a different world.

  • Ethel Lopez

    Sure would be nice if you would do a story on the brain-washing our so-called justice system has done on the American people. The spying ‘for our own good’, the sentence over-criminalization (life sentences for non-violent crimes(for the good of the American people)), the thousands of frivolous laws that have been added to the books that the American people don’t even know exist, and don’t know much about the ones that were originally there except for what they were fed by our corrupt judicial system. If you would like help writing this story, I have one to share with you that will curl your hair and that of your readers. Thanks for the media eye-opener! Great piece!

  • gmo2ashes

    Don’t forget…

    There were no planes crashing into any buildings on 9/11 at all. The event was a military psyop facilitated by the US media. If you saw planes, they were CGI/SFX inserted into the TV broadcast.


  • The Champ

    regimen not regiment!!!!!!!!

    “lies about the circumstances of the training and weighing regiment of their contestants while using underhanded”

    • WakingTimes

      Thanks, Champ, you’re hired! 😉



  • Renard Moreau

    [ Smiles ] Television is, actually, “Tell lie vision,” which is a manufactured illusion designed to brainwash the masses.

  • William H.G.

    They keep bouncing back and fourth; Baird in Ukraine.. Russian embassy in Canada. The majority of Canadians don’t support anything spewed from some idiot’s desk.

  • William H.G.


    If I may say here, please. I’m laughing to myself. I’m halfway through watching the movie “Wag the Dog” with my Mom/ just after noon. I took a break in the spare room, put on CP24 Toronto Bell media. There’s PM Baird in Ukraine whipping his head around like a scared chicken.. lot’s of camera’s in front of the Russian embassy and a person holding a cardboard MK-45, wearing a box with Putin’s Hitlerized face. Freaking hillarious!! I just hope Baird heads for the front lines.

    Bell interviewed two of the half dozen people on the sidewalk (it’s freezing outside) the women said they just arrived from the Ukraine and couldn’t speak english very well (one just smiled alot). Bell media flew them all the way here to say; “If we have brains and a heart,” Canadian’s will support.

    Baird flew over there in person to give you ingrates 200.000$.
    Not even a thank-you.

    It was a Amera-media movie moment right then.

  • toboldlygo

    Ok we all know that jews own 93% of all media in the US and
    87% in Canada so with that said we can stop calling it mainstream media
    because JEWS ARE COWARDS they like to hide themselves behind anything they can

    so from now on we just simply say LIKE THE MAIN TITLE OF THIS PIECE SAYS “Is Everything in the JEWISH Media Fake? – 6 Examples of JEWISH Manipulation”


    • sammy

      Ain’t that the truth.

    • gmo2ashes

      You said man …true, true, true.

    • H

      Really..? And people are agreeing with you?

  • Pavlov’s Bitch

    The advent of TV was the single most wonderful herd-management tool in the history of mankind. Destroying humanity was a done deal from that point on. Babies/children’s developing brains develop in sync with the stimulation/information from the environment, nueral pathways are grown in accordance with discordance to the point where it would be impossible to live without it in one form or another for billions of people programming their own children. Soon it will be tatood, microchipped into them and that, truly will be extinction of soul and will.

    • Tom

      you know, come to think of it, the elite’s war on the general population goes back to napoleon time, maybe even further.
      i would wager that TV was deliberately invented, specifically to be used as a brainwashing tool.
      quitting TV was like quitting smoking for me, once you make the break, you realize how much better and liberated you feel.
      the thing that turned me away from TV and soon after from radio and newspapers as well, was i felt insulted in no small measure about how the media thinks we are all morons.
      i could easily go on and elaborate on the issue, but it’s late and i’m tired.

      • Anonymous

        told you all I went to prison for stealing computers from commercial premises when I was 13 eventually 33% of the crime rate dropped and then the internet was created I went into prison at 14 years old 1984 at came out and walked into BT
        and said why don’t you take that payphone card and put it inside the paiger guess what I got locked up again beaten over the head with bed legs pisspots thrown in my face

        I walked into currys dixons group in Sittingbourne and said I would like a usb dongle with a simcard so I can connect to the net guess what?” we don’t do anything like that” guess what two years later they brought out wifi dongle
        later I learned that the Asian I spoke to in bt died a solicitor in the family went through his belongings to find plans of the mobile phone he spoke to his brothers wife
        and took Marconi to court where Marconi lost the case
        so you see I created the internet been in care from 3-14 14 too 24 I have been in prison so you can have connectivity
        whilst here in this caravan ive had the aru in my face
        all my benefits have been stripped off me tried turning me into a cocaine addict so I post all your shit of childporn on facebook just to show you that the only way to get a equity card was for to become a paedophile. like fuck will I
        the internet is now worth 19 trillion the mobile phone industry is worth 456 billion or so
        yes I used to play conqueronline as a beta completed then in the end I created a private server
        whilst in prison I was working on the national lottery which I still have the original source code
        and the original api for the mobile phone
        kevin mitnick

  • Deane Alban

    That model didn’t even look like a real person by the time they were done altering her image. Why even use a model? Why not start with a Barbie doll instead?

    • Anonymous


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