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.

Blind Bias.

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The media constantly deludes itself into thinking that they are the purveyors of fact and perspective. The truth is they are neither. That fact is hard for them to accept, so they protest the accusation. The latest example of that is the Chuck Todd Interview earlier this week on The Verge. Chuck Todd is one of the media poster children for media bias. There are archives of data on media bias, yet Chuck Todd sees none. Instead he sees only Republican talking points. In and of itself, this attitude is an example of media bias. It starts from go, painting one political side as the bad guys and then running from there. In his Verge interview, he cites example after example of how he, NBC and Meet The Press try to be fair to the audience. In each of his examples he claims Republicans lie, are not credible and have no facts. He used Democrats as examples of those who are telling the truth, are credible and have facts, as does his show. He won't let anyone on his show with evidence that global warming, climate change, is a hoax. They have facts, he just doesn't like those facts. So, he closes the debate. He even uses examples of how it is okay to interview Putin and Iranian leaders, but not Republicans. Really? He can't see the words that are coming out of his mouth! That is bias. Blind bias. He and his 'mainstream' media contemporaries are also the best at gaslighting. Remember the CNN image of violence, destruction and fire over the caption, 'a mostly peaceful protest'. Really! How would they characterize it if Trump supporters were responsible? As Matti Friedman, a former Israel correspondent for the Associated Press, put it: "The world is not responding to events in this country, but rather to the description of these events by news organizations. The key to understanding the strange nature of the response is thus to be found in the practice of journalism, and specifically in a severe malfunction that is occurring in that profession, my profession, ..." There is a recurring model for political journalism that creates narratives and then promotes those narratives, period, without debate, settled science so to speak. In addition, they use consistent techniques to create the illusion of credibility. This is now a pattern which can be seen in every so called news report or news analysis from the mainstream media. The 8 Violations of Media Objectivity 1. Misleading definitions: Prejudicing readers through language. 2. Imbalanced reporting: Distorting news through disproportionate coverage. 3. Opinions disguised as news: Inappropriately injecting opinion or interpretation into coverage. 4. Lack of context: Withholding a frame of reference for readers. 5. Selective omission: Reporting certain events over others, or withholding key details. 6. Using true facts to draw false conclusions: Infecting news with flawed logic. 7. Distortion of facts: Getting the facts wrong. 8. Lack of transparency: Failing to be open and accountable to readers. Don't take my word for it, check it yourself, right now. Within 60 seconds you will see in any media report several, if not all, of these techniques being used - on you - the viewer.

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