Excerpt, editing by Carolyn Bennett
“‘They’ always lie to “Us.”
It doesn’t matter who ‘They’ are because one of the hallmarks of bigotry is that ‘Their’ religion or ideology or culture is said to promote lying.
They can’t be trusted. In fact, they are probably conspiring against us right now.
They threaten our entire way of life.
They are not like us.
They don’t value human life like we do. So to defend our nation, which reflects eternal truths, we must act now before it is too late. Attack first. Our war is justified. God is on our side.
“In the worst case scenarios, the universal conspiracy theory narrative that justifies aggression can lead to the expulsion of the dreaded ‘Other’ or even genocide. From Armenia to Germany, to Cambodia, to the streets of Sarajevo, to the killing fields of Rwanda and Darfur—get them before they get us.
The term Fourth Estate is an institution which may not have official recognition. It has been used in earlier times to refer to lawyers, to the common masses and even to the British queen who acts without the intervention of the king.
However, Fourth Estate is used more commonly to refer to print journalism and media which includes the journalists, photographers, radio announcers, television news broadcasters and so on. The press is responsible for making or breaking governments and hence one cannot undermine the political and social power it wields. http://www.innovateus.net/innopedia/what-importance-fourth-estate
‘We’re surrounded by fantasies and phantasms of press power, blinded by the liberal dream of the Fourth Estate and its evil doppelganger, the specter of media control. The impact of the media turns out to be much less and much more than these visions allow.’“Shaya argues that the press is actually much less influential than most people assume. His main point seems to be that the press (the Fourth Estate) is not influential enough to qualify as one of the great Estates of society, on par with a branch of government.… The press acting as a check on presidential power was evident, though, in the Nixon era: “Despite his best efforts, [former U.S. President Richard M.] Nixon could not stop a whistleblower from going to the press.” “The Myth of the Fourth Estate? (By Lindsay Beyerstein), April 10, 2012, http://www.inthesetimes.com/duly-noted/entry/13018/the_myth_of_the_fourth_estate/
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