Media
The 1st Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America, among other rights, grants freedom of the press. It specifically states: "... Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of the press ..." As with the rest of the Constitution, a brilliant political principle without question. With its brilliance though, it does not regulate the quality of the free press and throughout our history we have seen both outstanding journalism and pitiful examples of a free press. In the second decade of the 21st century, there are two strong political ideologies (left & right) controlling the political dialogue in this country. During the 2012 Presidential Election, spin from the left and right are presented as mainstream information and what was formerly mainstream, balanced & unbiased information sources have changed or evolved their format to the point that unbiased reporting is unavailable. In the 2016 Presidential Election, there was no effort at all to cover up the biased reporting of the mainstream media. Today'snews sources are targeting specific messages to gain specific ideological audiences, thereby presenting bias. This bias is most times unidentifiable, not completely truthfully nor presented with perspective and context that the reader/viewer/listener requires and expects. Shockingly, sometimes this bias is purposely (NBC) camouflaged (NY Times - 4th paragraph down) from the reader/viewer/listener. In our polarized society, these strong messages on both sides overpower the ability of people with limited time to evaluate issues to find a center, compromise, reasonable or mainstream position. Especially when each side is also saying they offer the center, compromise, reasonable and mainstream position, whether they do or not. There are media watchdog organizations out there, but they also represent an ideological left and right. Much of this website is dedicated to shedding light on the bias in current American journalism. While we long for that great post-WWII journalistic era, where we were served by responsible, professional and largely unbiased journalism, unfortunately, we are no longer so served. That makes it difficult for American citizens to find the truth among the hype, agenda peddling and biased reporting. If you look at the bottom of this page and all pages on this website, you will find major (and some not so major) news organizations listed based on their political leanings, Left or Right. You will immediately notice there are none listed in the center. While there may be the occasional article in any of these news sources which could be a center, balanced and truthful report, by and large the reporting from that news source is defined by its L-R political leanings. The Gray Area is attempting to help its readers by so identifying the biases of the news source from which a report originates to help you identify the spin within the news piece you are reading or watching. We will include an article in the center if we believe it represents the center, a thoughtful, balanced and honest perspective. That way, presented with facts and recognizing the source, you can make up your own mind. In this 'media' section, we comment on the egregiousness of some reporting so that you may see the best and worst of what we must today use as our sources of information.

The CNN Situation

2/21/18
from The Wall Street Journal,
2/21/18:

Blitzer commands a rhetorical attack on the President.

“The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer” is a CNN television program marketed as the “command center for breaking news, politics and extraordinary reports from around the world.” Last night it seems to have engaged in conduct unbecoming a straight news organization.

Commander Blitzer, a longtime presence at CNN, has tended to offer a relatively sober, left-of-center take on the events of the day, rather than the primal scream of Trump resistance offered by some of his colleagues. But perhaps last night was one of those “extraordinary reports” that CNN has been promising. Whatever it was, at the top of the show it didn’t sound exactly like news when Mr. Blitzer teased an important segment to come. Here’s an excerpt from CNN’s official transcript: Distorting reality. The White House declaring again tonight that the Russia probe is a hoax and claiming Mr. Trump has been tougher on Moscow than President Obama. This hour, the false claims vs. the facts. Downward spiral? After a stunning holiday weekend rant on Twitter, the President is at it again...

Hosting Mr. Panetta without a rebuttal witness is bound to raise some conservative hackles and disappoint those viewers who want to hear from both sides. Mr. Blitzer then veered toward fake news territory when he invited Mr. Panetta, who holds degrees in political science and law, to offer a long-distance diagnosis of President Trump’s mental state.

Also, intentionally or not, Mr. Blitzer and much of the media misrepresent Mr. Trump’s use of the word “hoax.” Mr. Trump is referring to the claims, endlessly repeated by liberals in politics and the press, that he colluded with Russia and that Russia’s meddling may have changed the outcome of the election. Media folk tend to portray his use of the word simply as a defense of Russia. But the element of the program that was most likely to outrage viewers involved something that was shown, not said.

And what they saw during the aforementioned segment last night was: Breaking News: White House Repeats and Defends Trump’s False Claim That He’s Been Tougher on Russia Than Obama That’s a whopper. It’s not news, but a statement of CNN’s opinion.

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