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It seems until the election of President Donald Trump in 2016, it was a common belief that anything presented on video was true. Since then, thanks to lying by editing, most people have learned the hard lesson that you cannot trust all evidence presented in the news at face value. On the flip side, the power of editing events can be applied to individuals productively in their own lives. Trump Donald Trump (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Although many other examples could be used, the media lies about Trump were so outlandish and blatant that they formed a treasure trove for anthropological studies of propaganda for decades to come. The wildest of them all is the “fine people” hoax, in which careful editing out of context made it sound like Trump said neo-Nazis in Charlottesville were “very fine people.” By adding in the deleted elements, one finds that he said the exact opposit...
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