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.

Obvious & Ridiculous

5/22/17
from The Gray Area:
5/22/17:

This is the cover of TIME Magazine this week.

No title. No subtitle. No nothing. Just a picture of Russia taking over the White House.

Leftist message sent - and received. TIME's leftist audience will obviously be elated.

But, what's worst, is that more moderate American readers of TIME, who expect the magazine to be good to its historical standard and inform the public accurately, will be negatively influenced by this biased and erroneous messaging. Welcome to 21st century journalism.

Obvious.

While this kind of graphic is nothing more or less despicable that those which grace the internet from both sides of the political aisle every day, it does represent a major news weekly falling to the level of the lowest common competitor in journalism.

And, it shouts the political bias that the magazine does not like to admit it has. A judgment of conviction of the Trump 'machine' by this renowned news magazine!

The accompanying story supports the judgment, while discussing "Trump's Loyalty Test", photos and videos of Trump with Russian diplomats and cyberattacks using this image.

Ridiculous.

Oh, you say that I'm over reacting. Well, flip through a few more pages of this issue and what do you find? Concern that Trump will select the next Census Bureau chief. Jobs that weren't saved by Trump in Indiana. A "View" column by Washington AG,Bob Ferguson, about stopping Trump's Travel ban. Just to mention three. An obvious anti-Trump issue. Not that the previous issues haven't been anti-Trump.

But, back to the title issue.

Certainly we don't want Russia hacking anything important in the US. But, the story is not the cyberattack. If the story was the attack and it's impact on our country, it should be pointing fingers at Hillary Clinton and the Democrat party for allowing the Russians in, not Trump for winning the election!

The story should be the failure of Democrats to protect themselves. And, therefore, our lack of desire to trust them with larger security responsibility. liars usually get exposed.

The story should be that Russia exposed the ugly underbelly of the leftist dishonesty that our national media refuses to expose or is complicit in.

The story should be where is the evidence to put the Trump campaign on trial in the first place?

The story should be the Democrats refusing to acknowledge to the American people the reasons they lost this election.

The story should be why are the Democrats charging election illegitimacy, Russian collusion and resistance instead of asking the American people to believe they heard us and promising to improve.

But, no.

The media story is to hide behind computer hacking and a made up scenario of an American politician colluding with the Russians to steal a national election. Which, given a Republican Presidential candidate is the one being charged, passes no test of reason or common sense.

Is that all you got TIME?

Obvious and Ridiculous!

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