Here is my context,

BECU is a non profit organisation, set up to protect the interests of their customers. But news media is using it as their weapon to score political point.

Weapon is a violent word, and I would like to use an alternative word here.

Could somebody recommend me an alternative word?

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You can just cut the sentence a little:

But news media is using it to score political points.

If you want to keep the original structure you can call it a tool:

But news media is using it as a tool to score political points.

Tool itself is neutral here. The force of the sentences above comes from "to score political points". Using a instead of their just sounds more natural to me. And it's not idiomatic to use the singular "score point" so the plural is required.


You could say "But news media is using it as their puppet to score political point".

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