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Media must stop gaslighting and creating false narratives

News outlets have a history of gaslighting stories and creating false narratives. By creating fake news, they confuse their viewers and create distrust in the media. Photo credit: Pixy.org

News media needs to stop gaslighting their stories and creating false narratives to confuse their viewers.

The media plays a large role in how the public perceives information by creating different narratives that align with their viewers’ beliefs. They gaslight their stories by creating harmful narratives that do not accurately represent the truth and create confusion about what is real or “fake news.”

Multiple conservative media outlets such as Fox News, One America News Network and News Max play a considerable part in gaslighting their stories to the millions of people that view their platforms. Their coverage of the Trump insurrection on Jan. 6 is evidence of their false narratives and biased reporting.

During and after the attack on the capital, these conservative outlets continued to gaslight the story that the Trump supporters who stormed the capitol were peaceful protestors or that they were not Trump supporters at all. These false claims distort their viewers’ reality and divert themes from the truth.

While other media outlets analyzed what occurred during the insurrection, conservative media outlets focused on other issues. They talked about Trump’s “peaceful” transfer of power, Olive garden drama and clips of the protests before it became a full-blown terrorist attack.


When former President Trump unmasked himself as he returned from the hospital, people were furious, but conservative news downplayed his ignorance. However, as soon as Sen. Nancy Pelosi unmasked herself for a hair appointment, she was a hypocrite and abusing her power.

Gaslighting reporters create fear-mongering stories to influence their viewers.

While most media moved on from the removal of several offensive Dr. Seuss books on March 2, Fox News reporter Tucker Carlson fixated on the issue. He continues to gaslight the books’ removal, saying that it results from the radical left’s cancel culture.

“If it can happen to Dr. Seuss, it can happen to you, too,” Carlson said overdramatically.

In actuality, the decision came from “Dr. Seuss Enterprise” and was not the decision of the Democrats.

While the conservative media are experts in gaslighting, other outlets are guilty of over amplifying an issue.

CNN’s over-coverage of the Ebola outbreak created a narrative that America was about to be overtaken by the plague. In truth, approximately a dozen people contracted the virus and doctors managed to contain the disease.

People really have to pressure the media and hold journalists who gaslight accountable for their false reporting. The media gaslighting can make it difficult for people who are trying to get the truth. It creates aggravation between people who follow the fake news and those who listen to the facts.

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About the Contributors
Vincent Medina
Vincent Medina, Managing Editor
Vincent Medina is the managing editor of Cerritos College Talon Marks Newspaper. He plans to receive his Associates Degree for Transfer at the end of Fall ‘21 semester. Vincent plans to pursue political journalism, and his goal is to become a political correspondent.
Lola Ajetunmobi
Lola Ajetunmobi, Social Media Editor
Lola Ajetunmobi, sophomore at Cerritos College, is the Social Media Editor for Talon Marks covering community, life, arts & entertainment and opinions. Lola hopes to transfer to Syracuse University in Fall 2021 to double major in journalism and public relations. She enjoys writing, listening to music and exploring different foods.
Samuel Carey
Samuel Carey, Co-Community Editor
Samuel Carey is Co-Community Editor  for Talon Marks and is energetic to report the news of communities. Carey appreciates watching T.V. listening to jazz and hip-hop and wishes to transfer to Cal State Long Beach in Summer 2023 and wants to open his own national syndicated radio station.
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    Carl EvansJan 12, 2024 at 8:32 pm

    I agree with all of the points in your article. However, I stumbled onto this article by typing in “stop gaslighting the TV audience”. I was frustrated with MSNBC’s 11th Hour The Nightcap’s statement that we are “stuck with” another Biden – Trump election.

    I have never felt ‘stuck’ with Joe Biden. I am sure there are an overwhelming amount of people who agree with me. If we are happy with Joe Biden, please stop telling us we are not.

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    GhostDec 9, 2022 at 7:46 am

    One can gaslight a person or audience, but one cannot “gaslight a story.” The use of this term made the article hard to read.

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