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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's news 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. From an analysis of all the sources, THE GRAY AREA HAS CREATED ITS OWN SPECTRUM OF MEDIA BIAS.

Media Political Perspective Affects All News Reporting. You Must Vary Your News Sources.

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It is understood that American media does, in fact, subscribe to a particular political perspective, left or right. That's why The Gray Area provides news with he left and right leaning perspective of the news source clearly identified.

This concept of biased news reporting is not new. It has gone on since our country's founding. However, the 'golden age' of media after WWII gave us a sense of purity in our news reporting, particularly from the big three broadcast news organizations (ABC, CBS & NBC). The explosion of TV and internet reporting since then has diluted and degraded that purity.

Trust in American media has fallen dramatically over the past half century as a result of this growing bias and unbalanced reporting. In addition, since 2016, 'Trump Derangement Syndrome' (TDS) has dramatically affected the quality, fairness and in some cases the competence of media reporting. Many left leaning news organizations have moved farther left. Some right leaning news organizations have moved closer to the center. New ones have cropped up on the fringes. The political divisions within the country and within each party complicate the overall media picture. As a result, the 21st Century media tells us that in this complicated environment it is impossible for you to understand, so just do what they say. What can you do? First, identify the bias of each media outlet. Which we do for you on this site. Second, vary your news sources. There are many versions of the political perspective of American media to be found. The Gray Area has reviewed all the versions we could find and decided that none accurately represents the media environment and bias of 21st Century American media. Therefore, we created our own. We believe the chart below represents what each of us experience on a daily basis as we consume any news or information. The content on the above chart is based on The Gray Area observations made continuously since the 1980s. Each media outlet is evaluated and placed on the continuum based on the criteria below:

  • Editorial page
  • Article analysis
  • Headline
  • Headline match to content
  • Tone and language used
  • Description of political parties Balance in reporting of issue
  • Attempt to hide truth
  • Images used
  • Relative to center
  • Relative to others
The format author of this chart is unknown. It was sent to us as part of an anonymous internet email distribution. We found it a very good format and modified it for our content. What you learn from this analysis and this chart is that in order to understand what is really happening in your world today, you cannot just rely on one source of information. You must vary your news sources.

Using the chart to vary your news sources, do not go north and south. You must vary east & west. If you have a favorite left leaning news source, then spend some time on the right side of the chart. And, of course, if you have a favorite right leaning news source, spend some time on the left side of the chart. Only then can you get a complete picture of the issues of the day.

With knowledge of media outlets political perspective and varying your news sources, you have complete information to be able to make up your own mind. Not just follow what one particular media outlet tells you. Making up your own mind, is a freeing experience. And a basis for the freedom that makes this country great!



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