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'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.

See any difference in media coverage here?

1/19/23
from The Gray Area:
1/19/23:
Sometimes it just too easy. For those who still prefer to ignore the difference in our media network's political motivations, the announcement of the resignation of Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand's Prime Minister, provides an easy example. NBC Today Show highlights Ms Ardern, in an on camera interview, as a 'progressive icon, showers her with praise, youngest world leader, compassionate for banning guns, unmarried mother and that see was a strong and decisive leader with a special touch. Their only negative comment was that her poll numbers were down recently, but that did not impact her decision to step down. FoxNews highlights that her surprise resignation comes just 30 days after a hot mic issue where she called an opposition leader "such an arrogant p----", that she locked down her country after just one case of COVID was discovered, and that she threatened to seize guardianship of baby after parents demanded unvaccinated blood for surgery. Quite a different review of Ms. Ardern's tenure in New Zealand. One reader might think NBC's review is nicer, and think FoxNews review is too harsh. Another might feel that NBC is covering up her shortcomings and FoxNews is giving a fairer appraisal. Here are two others if you need more. The Washington Post pushing political narratives in its headline, Sexism dogged Jacinda Ardern’s tenure. Battling it is part of her legacy. They photo pushes another political narrative by including Trump along with a 'sexism' headline. Tucker Carlson also pushes a political narrative in his FoxNews show headline, COVID Crazed New Zealand PM announces resignation. The breath of reactions are welcomed. What is not welcomed is the broad difference in how a supposed new source handles news. They should have no broad spectrum of opinion on the facts or desire to push political narrative favoring one side or the other.


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