Oscar Wilde wrote:
“In old days men had the rack. Now they have the Press. That is an improvement certainly. But still it is very bad, and wrong, and demoralizing. Somebody — was it Burke? — called journalism the fourth estate. That was true at the time no doubt. But at the present moment it is the only estate. It has eaten up the other three. The Lords Temporal say nothing, the Lords Spiritual have nothing to say, and the House of Commons has nothing to say and says it. We are dominated by Journalism”
How much more so is that relevant today?
We blame Religion, the State, Big Business, for so much of our Ills
To a large degree on very many proportions we are right to do so, and yet somehow the pervasiveness of the 4th Estate overrides all. In that of the press and media, we are told we must keep quiet, we must not complain, and we must accept that they are simply doing their job of holding these other 3 Estates to account.
But are they? Are they really holding these other Estates to account, or is there something else happening entirely?
Is it not the case that these 4 Estates are all working to their own ends to the mutual benefit of all of them?
Big Business and Finance, tells governments what they want.
The governments comply, because money makes the world go round, and they get their kickbacks from it. ( Look at the roles Blair, Brown and other prime ministers have had with big business after they are finished. Prominent MPs and Lords at the heads of Company boards and other establishments)
The Press Barons and Media control how these desires of their patrons are portrayed to the masses.
All one needs to do is look at the Levinson enquiry, and how it lifted the lid on the relationships between Murdoch and his editors with Prime Ministers and Opposition Leaders to see what goes on.
When you look at how much of that press and media is in Scottish hands, we find that it is all owned elsewhere, with only the National and Sunday Herald attempting to portray a distinctive Scottish voice( The Daily Herald, takes the opposite perspective). The owners playing both sides?
The Press and Media, are hugely important, their part on behalf of their masters, is to be the King Makers. Those who make and pass legislation by which we all must live by.
So much so, that the power of the press and what we see and hear on our tv screens, influences how we the masses perceive things, and how we form our opinions.
The Barons employ the editors, the editors instruct the journalist, and if the journalist knows what is good for them, in order to put their bread on the table, must comply.
There is no written instruction, but If they know what is good for them, and know how the game is played, they must comply. If not…they will soon be out of a job!
Iain McWhirter fell foul of this for a time with the BBC, for daring to criticise them!
Does anyone know where Isobel Fraser is these days? Paul Mason jumped ship and is now agitating!
The Press and Media influences and in a sense controls how people think.
They will promote what they are told to promote, they will not report any major events which goes against the message, so you don’t hear of it, and they will distract by using and creating fads, such as pokemon GO, Strictly, or Britains got talent, Best British Bake off, and lets laugh at these no use unemployed and their drunken behaviour shows!
Keep the masses amused and distracted, and on message!
The worst possible thing is the Internet, and freedom of expression to challenge!
How dare these awful Cybernats, or (Insert a name) dare challenge us!
But look closer….and what you will see…. Is the tools of Authority, and Control, and Divide and Rule!
Watch closely….and at times of election and referendums….. The Broadcasters and Press will announce ” And this is the important issue which is at the forefront of peoples minds” and whatever they decide that is, they will make it the main debating point, with sub debating issues of their choice to discuss, over and over again. Thus we are presented with TV debating programmes, ALL going on about their chosen topics, with selected audience of their choice ( All equally balanced of course, with panels which are ALL equally balanced too. As if!! ) .
If they should name and shame a politician for bad behaviour, it is because their partners in crime in government have decided they should be fed to the wolves for some reason….. Why do you think we have government Whips?
Or take the War on Terror of the Bush/Blair era.
Look at the structure of that, and how it was reported.
Recently through a Freedom of Information request in the States, further Intelligence information was released over Iraq…. In short, It showed that the primary reason for war, was not war on terror, but rather a war over Oil, and in other reports, showed massive disagreements between American and British companies on how these spoils of war should be divided up! There never were weapons of mass destruction, and there never was an Al Quedia presence in Iraq, and 911 was never the reason for the war on terror as Iraq had nothing to do with that!
But from that, we now reap what was sown, ISIS, ISIL or whatever you want to call them, would never have existed without Iraq and Afghanistan.
Which takes us to the last of the 4 Estates… Religion
Once upon a time, back in the mists of time, long before governments, Big Business, and the Media, the 1st Estate was Religion. It was the prime mover when primitive people were scared for their souls, and what would happen to them in the afterlife.
Religious belief was the one thing people would fight over above all else.
Those who were in power over the Church/Synagogue/Mosque/Numerous Pagan religions, held ultimate power and authority over peoples lives. It is here that politics, science,and journalism evolved. They were all inseparable.
To be the head of the religion, was to control everything in peoples lives, and beyond.
Today of course, the Church has no such power. No longer is the Emperor of Rome on equal parity to the prime religion, or indeed subject to it.
Those that know their history will also know that it was Emperor Constantine who chose that small Christian Sect to be the religion of the Empire, and thus exercise his power by having a single State religion over all the other numerous pagan religions of the time. The purpose of having a unifying State religion was to have ultimate power over the masses.
Nowadays Christianity does not have such a hold in the Western world, it is by in large separated from State, apart from the Church of England whose Bishops sit in the British House of Lords, with the Queen as its head. However, despite this loss of influence, prime ministers and American presidents will still refer to it, and claim to be Christian. Bush did, Blair did, Thatcher did, Trump does!
Weakened as Christianity is now, in comparison to what it was, it still is a force to be reckoned with. The Pope, and other Christian denominational leaders still have a significant audience, even if not so much in an increasingly secular Britain.
Many atrocities and evils have been carried out in the Churches name, and indeed by the Church. Far exceeding anything that Muslim cults such as ISIS are doing today.
However, the vast vast majority of Christians, Jews, Muslims are horrified by the actions of minuscule groups carrying out perversions in their name, but their voices are not heard, because the press do not deem it worthy to report on them. It does not suit the agenda.
There have been Muslim marches in this country denouncing ISIS and all who carry out these atrocities. The vast majority of Christians denounce the Westboro church and their disgraceful behaviour at funerals of those who are homosexual.And Jews in Israel and beyond condemn Israeli state killing and using indiscriminate phosphorus bombing of the Palestinians.
Religion instead has become for the governments and power brokers who thrive on selling arms and finance, and the media, the go to blame, and creation of fear and division for the indoctrinated and the ignorant.
Open Your Eyes
Have a close look at what you are seeing and hearing, and what is being promoted, by whom and to what end?
On Brexit: How hard did the Tories really fight to remain in Europe?
What was the primary emphasis of the reporting? Immigration.
May…who was barely heard of during the campaign, but supposedly a soft remain,creates the most right wing conservative cabinet ever, putting the most tory right wingers in charge of exit strategy, and trade!
Cameron…was for the off anyway…almost skipped out of no.10 while singing a little ditty to himself…
We have been warned that Brexit means a huge drop in the standard of living, and all austerity will be blamed on Brexit now. The poor are about to get much poorer!
A whole spate of them, with more promised… Immediately an Incident occurs, without a pause it is immediately reported as ISIS connected, despite it being clear that most recently have involved disturbed young males….with no evident connection.
What does this do? It makes immigrants and non British targets for fear and hatred. Deflecting the real issues of what is happening to poor people in their lives..
Continuously under attack….anything positive given a negative slant.
Anything negative…blown out of all proportion for an extended period.
Positive news, not reported at all often.
Named Persons Scheme
Immediately widely trashed and misreported… even an extended version completely different in flavour on the BBC 6’oclock news, which was at odds with Reporting Scotland tone and reporting.
Immediately targeted by Scots Tories as a Supreme Court blocking the scheme and at odds with Human rights, despite Torys nationally wanting rid of the ECHR.
Labour trashing it too….despite supporting it as a bill, only the tories abstained.
Newspapers and the usual suspect journalists misreporting the judges findings and calling it totalitarian!
When basically it had been sent back for tweaking, and is simply delayed.
Have a look at this totalitarian scheme here!
It is sadly caring and benign.
But what the BBC and Press never reported was who was bringing this action and what their motives were, and ask yourself why this has not been highlighted?
The question being…. Why ever not?
The Christian Institute
The Christian Institute (CI) is an evangelical Christian group operating in the United Kingdom. The CI promotes a conservative Christian viewpoint, founded on a belief in Biblical inerrancy. The CI is a registered charity. The group does not report numbers of staff or volunteers with only the Director, Colin Hart, listed as a representative.
While the CI has campaigned on issues including gambling, abortion and euthanasia, it is most notable for its campaigns against homosexuality. The CI sought to retain Section 28 and a higher age of consent for homosexuals, and opposed the Civil Partnership Act, the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 and legislation allowing gay couples to adopt. It has opposed measures to prevent gay people being discriminated against in the provision of services and goods. The Civil Partnership Act 2004, the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 and the Equality Act 2010 were ultimately enacted by Parliament.
The Christian Institute’s activities resulted in censure by The Charity Commission in 2001, for breaching rules limiting overt political campaigning by charities, by “publishing a 100-page report, Homosexuality and Young People (1998), which argued against reforming anti-homosexual law with no reference at all to a Christian view.”
In 2004, the CI funded a full-page newspaper advertisement in The Times in support of a controversial amendment to the Civil Partnership Bill. The amendment attempted to include within the scope of the Bill siblings who had lived together for longer than 12 years. The amendment was ultimately rejected in both Houses of Parliament. In response to the advertisement, Members of Parliament questioned the CI’s overt political campaigning in light of its charitable status
Christian Action Research and Education (CARE) is a Christian advocacy group based in the United Kingdom.
Opposition to homosexuality, abortion and prostitution
Labour Party insiders credited CARE with significant influence in support of Section 28 regarding education and homosexuality. CARE has received media criticism for its stance on abortion and homosexuality and was accused in 2000 by MP Ben Bradshaw of being “a bunch of homophobic bigots”. CARE has also been criticised for their opposition to abortion and gay rights by The Guardian which reported that the organisation sponsored a conference claiming homosexuality could be cured.
CARE have funded the network of CareConfidential crisis pregnancy centres in the UK, some of which came under criticism in an investigation by The Daily Telegraph when counsellors were filmed undercover claiming abortions would increase chances of breast cancer and could predispose women to becoming child sexual abusers.
The Family Research Counsel
The Family Research Council describes the beginnings of the crisis pregnancy center movement in a 2009 report. In 1968, the first network of centers was established by Birthright, in Canada. Alternatives to Abortion, today known as Heartbeat International, was founded in 1971. Christian Action Council founded its first center in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1980. Christian Action Council eventually would become Care Net. Others cite Robert Pearson as the founder of the first CPC. After abortion was legalized in Hawaii in 1967, he started a crisis pregnancy center in Honolulu to fight it.
While CPCs often look like abortion clinics and are intentionally located near them, most are not legally licensed as medical clinics and do not offer medical services. However, CPCs often offer free pregnancy tests, often over-the-counter ones; additionally, there is a trend toward CPCs obtaining medical clinic status, largely so that more CPCs may offer sonograms in an attempt to convince women to carry their pregnancies to term. They may also provide screening for sexually transmitted infections, adoption referrals, religious counseling, financial assistance, prenatal services, child-rearing resources and other services.
Peer counselors are typically covered by mandated reporting laws with regard to statutory rape, and they are encouraged to ask about the age of the woman and the biological father. While some centers refer clients for contraception, most do not and the service may be limited to married women. Others may offer Bible study sessions and peer counseling for women who have recently had abortions.
CPCs have been criticized for misleading advertising, for the dissemination of inaccurate medical information, for religious proselytism, and for subjecting clients to graphic videos