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A pseudo-event is an event that is staged for the purpose of advancing a media narrative. It is common for journalists themselves to be at the center of these staged media events, due to their acute use of daily reporting to push their agenda.

The Killian documents controversy, which relied entirely upon known-forged documents, was staged. Jim Acosta's activities in the White House Press Room are another example of a staged event.[1]

Researcher Daniel Boorstin wrote a book in 1962 titled The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-Events in America, stating that he believed too many Americans did not have an accurate view of what news really is.

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