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Media manipulation occurs in the space between truth and website page views.
There are 86,400 seconds in a day and, thanks in part to Google, the online content cycle never stops. Every second must be refreshed with new content (meat) all the time to satisfy the needs of both man and (search) robot.
That speed means news agencies and bloggers have between zero and almost no time to research and that pageviews count above all else.