TV manipulates viewers by its normal…

TV manipulates viewers by its normal way of operating. Many viewers seem to assume that when they have seen something on TV, they have seen it with their own eyes….

But this is not so, for one must never forget that every television minute has been edited. The viewer does not see the event. He sees … an edited symbol or an edited image of that event. An aura or illusion of objectivity and truth is built up, which could not be totally the case even if the people shooting the film were completely neutral.

Francis Schaeffer, quoted in Truth Decay by Douglas Groothuis, p. 285

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