Words, especially when uttered by politicians, are a bigger threat to freedom, justice, and truth than bullets because, when used by government politicians with an authoritarian bent, they can be used to enslave millions of minds, thus turning people into obedient machines without a will - and without any understanding of their actions beyond a belief in the lies that their leaders tell them. Whilst words can serve as an agent of enslavement, they can also serve as a tool for liberation and transformation; however the latter can only happen when the media are not therefore, through their dependence on the political elite for their income, 'in the political pocket'.
Edward Spalton, commenting on my post "And Finally" (a comment well worth reading in full) writes that a British friend of his is of the opinion that the British people have been 'tamed'. That comment is one that 'hits the nail on the head', in that that is just what has been accomplished by our political elite through their careful use of words and policies such as 'social-engineering' whereby they have changed our society, a change they hope being one to their advantage.
Social-engineering is not necessarily limited to changing a society through the introduction of different races to that society, but can also be accomplished by allowing the politically correct brigade, who are of left-wing persuasion, 'free reign' to implement their ideas of equality and diversity; especially when considering the field of education (see Edward's comment). Having recently 'discovered' Thomas Sowell, yet another quotation from him is worth repeating:
"The most fundamental fact about the ideas of the political left is that they do not work. Therefore we should not be surprised to find the left concentrated in institutions where ideas do not have to work in order to survive."
That statement is borne out when considering any quango that is involved in 'educating' the British people where matters of health, education, personal behaviour or law and order are concerned - and the first part of that quotation is why no government of a socialist ideology should ever be elected in the future.
Returning to the subject of the media, when people select a British newspaper, or select either the BBC or ITV, one has to ask whether they really do believe that which they read or hear, or whether - due to their having been 'tamed' - they accept that which they read or hear without question. It is, methinks, the latter and it matters not whether a newspaper is 'broadsheet' or 'tabloid', BBC or ITV, as their output is couched in words to suit their target market. It must be logical to assume that whilst the media are reliant for their income on career politicians the market that the media should be serving, namely their readership or viewers, will never learn the truth.
If politicians lie; if the media do not, for whatever reason, report the truth; if thoughtful individuals are barred from speaking their minds in public, being denigrated for example as racist or homophobic, then what has evolved is no more than state-inspired censorship to the detriment of humanity. It can also be argued that the suppression of information by the media - caused solely by the reason suggested above - has allowed the political ruling class to misuse the powers they have usurped, thus imposing authoritarian measures that result in the suppression of what are supposed to be free people. Thomas Jefferson uses the word man in the quotation above, a use I would suggest is generic in that in any democracy a majority view must hold sway. In that context the decision by our political elite to maintain the UK's membership of the EU, which is against the majority of public opinion, is authoritarian in the extreme - as is the Coalition's policy on overseas aid, a policy carried out to the detriment of those to whom the government of the day owe a duty of care. Never mind the word 'compel', used by Jefferson - to solicit funds and then impose a political dogma which the majority of people consider draconian is not only sinful, wrong and tyrannical, it is nothing more than an abuse of the trust of a people that have been led to believe they need leading - which leads me, as an alternative, back to a system of government referred to as "Referism" (see previous posts).
I would offer the suggestion that the greatest crime that can be levelled at our political elite and the media is that as words can shape a people’s destiny for good or evil and in so doing hide ugly truths from the people whilst protecting the powerful from retribution, our political elite and the media deserve the highest accolade possible.