Words can reveal, conceal and confuse. So can pictures, sound bites and the art of the media language in general. We absorb what we read and hear without any filters because it sounds truthful and reliable. Our world-view can become much distorted because we do not get the full story which often is hidden behind these words.
Guide grabs like “War on terrorism”, “The refugee-crisis” and “Yes we can” all draw our minds to certain issues, but often fail to reveal all truths. They appear as vague phrases which melt the concrete into the abstract.
The Guardian, among others, has recently reported of Obama and his newly signed order to support Syrian rebels. Words like “secret intelligence” and “non-lethal” assistance appear to me as decorated words.