This isn't political - it relates to sports, if anything - but I think it's an interesting demonstration of how manufactured the news is.
If you follow sports at ALL, you probably know that the New York Mets just had a historic collapse, and lost the division title to the Phillies.
Anyway, here's the cover of the New York Daily News, showing a dejected fan:
The photo is by Ron Antonelli of the Daily News.
New York Newsday, meanwhile, ran THIS picture of a dejected fan on page 3:
Ummmm....that's the same guy. In a different pose. How could THAT have happened? 50,000 people at the stadium. What an amazing coincidence. THIS photo is by Kathy Kmonicek of Newsday.
But the Associated Press was jealous, and got in on the fun. They ran THIS photo by Kathy Willens:
My GOD! That THREE major news organizations all just happening to pick the same guy to take a picture of.
So Reuters went along for the ride. Here is theirs:
Photographed by Shannon Stapleton.
Four different news organizations; four different photographers. All taking a picture of the same guy (his name is Seth Fleischauer, by the way).
Obviously, they didn't look around the stadium for candid shots of fans. They all found the same guy, and had him POSE for them, so they could PRETEND that it was a candid shot of a fan.
How much of the NON-sports news is manufactured in the same manner?