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I'd rather have my news right than first: Media manipulator

Jul 16, 2012 What is Media Manipulation?--A Definition and Explanation Ryan Holiday Contributor CMO Network - OLD An inside look at the hidden side of marketing, PR and strategy. What is Media Manipulation? If you don’t know, you should. Because media manipulation currently shapes everything you read, hear and watch online.  Everything. In the old days, we only had a few threats to fear when it came to media manipulation: the government propagandist and the hustling publicist. They were serious threats, but vigilance worked as a clear and simple defense. They were the exceptions rather than the rule—they exploited the fact that the media was trusted and reliable. Today, with our blog and web driven media cycle, nothing can escape exaggeration, distortion, fabrication and simplification. I know this because I am  a media manipulator . My job was to use the media to make people do or think things they otherwise would not. People like me are there, behind the curtain, pulling the puppet
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