Recently, the Trump administration and campaign released a survey to see if their constituents are following their "fake news" manipulation tactics. Let's just say the results were not in their favor. There were so many things wrong with the survey, the technique used to write these questions probably came out of Putin's propaganda handbook.
Let's start with the actual survey questions. They were confusing, terribly-worded, and just plain old weird. They were very leading questions. If you go into this survey without being a little skeptical, you could probably definitely answer these questions in a way you probably didn't want to. Question fourteen, for example, states "Do you believe that contrary to what the media says, raising taxes does not create jobs?" To be completely honest, I didn't even get this question. I don't even know how to explain what's wrong with this question. Firstly, the beginning of the question is just completely unnecessary. Then why use a negative for the second part? It makes no sense and that's the point. Providing misleading questions to unsuspecting followers is probably going to help you.
However, it all kind of went sour for our little Agent Orange, didn't it? His campaign recently sent out an e-mail:
The question I have is, don't I get a say in this situation as a citizen of the United States? How come only republicans are allowed to answer these questions? This is blatantly biased and unfortunately, a lot of people are blinded to this manipulation. I also find it a little funny, but that's beside the point.
In my opinion, the media (New York Times, CNN, ABC, etc) have the right to release their news because of our first amendment and they shouldn't be vilified for it. Journalists are doing their jobs of informing the people and are risking their lives every day to release the truth. If Breitbart can say that "leftists" are ruining free speech by blocking Milo whatever his white last name is from speaking at a university, then the New Yorker can write about Sean Spicer's manipulation tactics for controlling the people.
We should be skeptical about what we come across when it comes to the news. Before sharing an article on Facebook, maybe you should fact-check it and see for yourself. Watch the news, listen to NPR, maybe go read 1984. Continue questioning the legitamicy of what comes your way, including the presidency.