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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.

No Collusion, No Conspiracy, No Involvement with Russians. Like we didn't already know that..

4/18/19
from The Gray Area:
4/18/19:

To help you fight through the media dust storm of commentary around the release today of the 'redacted' Mueller report, here are the important items.

1. "The special counsel’s report states that his, quote, “investigation did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.” 2. "The special counsel did not find any conspiracy to violate U.S. law involving Russian linked persons and any persons associated with the Trump campaign." 3. "After finding no underlying collusion with Russia, the special counsel’s report goes on to consider whether certain actions of the president could amount to obstruction of the special counsel’s investigation. After carefully reviewing the facts and legal theories outlined in the report and in consultation with the Office of Legal Counsel and other department lawyers, the deputy attorney general and I concluded that the evidence developed by the special counsel is not sufficient to establish that the president committed an obstruction of justice offense." Apparently they investigated 10 instances of concern. As you can see from the video, the media immediately attacks AG Barr, showing no respect for the position or his professional reputation. Respect and lack of oversight they routinely gave to Obama AGs. updated 4/19: Targeting Bill Barr. Barr's third point is the one the media and Democrats will be focusing on going forward. Plus, any other salacious commentary which is included that the media and Democrats can hype ad nauseum. Why put #3, written that way, and the salacious details in the report? The 19 Democrats on the Mueller team are feeding the media. Remember the media leaks supposedly from the Mueller investigators that they should demand the report be released? Barr quote from Mueller report release - bottom line: He is not required to make these reports pubic, but he decided to do so on his own discretion. Yet the media are asking for his resignation for doing so, claiming he is helping Trump. How releasing this report helps Trump, I cannot see. The media and the Democrats continue to only be interested in one thing, getting rid of Trump at all cost! CNN says: Here are the key lines from the Mueller report. They list 7, yet none of them are one of the three above. Wouldn't you think these were the 3 key lines or at least 3 of the key lines from the report? WSJ Says: Mueller Report: ‘Fairness Concerns’ Prevented Obstruction Judgment on President Trump Here is a photo from the WSJ showing how much of the over 400 pages were redacted.

Obviously not much. Watch out for future media comments about the redactions. Update 4/19: Dems subpoena full report. Barr further states: I am sure that all Americans share my concern ... thanks to the special counsel’s thorough investigation, we now know that the Russian operatives who perpetrated these schemes did not have the cooperation of President Trump or the Trump campaign.

Another key line, if in fact the Mueller Investigation was set up for that purpose. Unfortunately, it appears it was set up for another.

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