Often, the media bring as fact or as mere speculation politicians or political sources revealing or leaking some objectives. We read about plans to cut subsidies, ties, support, etc. These are not facts about to materialize.
Quite similar to scientists ‘revealing’ research breakthroughs. But then, when you read the ‘news,’ it turns out they’re just fishing for investors.
Activists must realize that these trials by the media do not signal any fait accompli. Their demonstrations must demand to halt these ‘intentions’ and not stop at just powerlessly protesting them. If the resistance is weak, these plans may materialize. Forceful antagonism might prevent that.
A warning could be the start of a slowly launched change First, announce it, then, approve it, and then, order it, to flatten the curve of opposition.
I want the media to point out that such threats are only trial balloons to see how the public or the other side would react. Testing the waters. If the media don’t highlight the intimidation, they become complicit with it.
Not to be confused with real threats. “If the numbers of new coronavirus infections do not decline drastically, we will need to close down part of our economy again.” This is not to get opposition. This is to get compliance.