Scoring political points is to be expected from political parties, it is how they gain traction, it is how they forge ahead.
There must however be some things that are above being politicized, national crises like the continued escalation of violent crimes and pandemics like the COVID ‑19 virus.
I understand the need to find issues on which to disagree with the government if you are in the opposition party, but opposing for the sake of political traction is bad for our country.
Gone are the days when media houses reported the truth and were places that the population looked to for credible information.
Nowadays, media entities are merely organs of special interest, tools of the wealthy and powerful. Their pronouncements are [their truths], not the truth.
Once upon a time, entire media empires were state organs of propaganda but that was only in totalitarian states.
Today entire radio and television networks have become untrustworthy places to look to, if you seek the truth.
In The United States FOX and Sinclair Broadcasting are two of the worst offenders.
In our Island home, it would be unfair to suggest that at least editorially, all of the media outlets do not have political slants.
Nevertheless, the Gleaner Company and others have over the years become less and less credible and seem to be more, mere organs of the People’s National Party.
As much as we loathe that people would publish things that are demonstrably false. We should not be so incensed that we react in ways that may be more harmful to the freedoms we so stridently cherish and defend.
We must not over-react by demanding that they are shut down, or as I have seen in some hysterical social media posts, that they are taken out and shot.
These kinds of incendiary outbursts serve no useful purpose other than to satisfy our uncontrolled anger impulses.
When we find ourselves at this level of anger, we need to imagine that the Government in power is not of our political party.
Imagine that power to shut down free thought, and to take people into the streets and shoot them.
I understand that your response is going to be that you are not promulgating false information.
If you believe that unscrupulous leaders with that much power will be judicious with the use of that arbitrary power you give them, then I have a bridge to sell you.
The way to fight fire is not with fire, it is to find what works to put it out and use it. Water, foam, sand, whatever it takes. It all depends on what kind of accelerant is fuelling it.
The way to fight lies is the use of truth to counter it. Truth like light, will always chase away the darkness of lies..
Mike Beckles is a former Jamaican police Detective corporal, businessman, researcher, and blogger.
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