Media manipulation

I think media companies should be held accountable for promoting one sided stories that stand to benefit those that provide the information and do not tell both sides of the story. Too often the media exaggerate or only tell half the truth to make a story look more punchy. To me this is manipulating and deceitful and there should be repercussion and fines for such reporting, not just a small print apology the next week.

Idea for Oceania & Australia


  • This is a hard one.
    Who decides when somone is telling a biased story? It wouldn't take long before this would compromise freedom of speech and actual good journalism.
    In my opinion, the only way this will improve is once people become more conscious that they have the power to decide what come on and what doesn't. They just need to start consuming their media responsably.

  • But I think when the truth is known and they are found out the punishment is too light

  • I do agree with 'dav'. And yet, what must we do to ensure people are being truthful in their advertising and promotions? If there were laws requiring all advertising to disclose whenever photos or products were manipulated (period). Then we all could begin to decide if we want to support such a product. Maybe this would encourage more truth telling?! However, human nature suggests that people will continue to warp the truth to their own interests and hide those efforts. The question remains, what will then hold people accountable to disclosing manipulations of photo's, products, etc... that are intended to deceive? There should be some kind of simple accountability for those times when it is proven that blatant manipulation has occurred. This could be achieved with a burden of proof, not unlike what is required within a court of law.

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