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.

A major political narrative vs reality

from The Gray Area:

Political narratives bear little resemblance to reality. Political narratives are purposely established to reflect politically beneficial spin on a real current event that will favor an approved media narrative, a political party, or a desired political result.

The January 6th Capitol riot is a perfect example of that. It was immediately established as a 'riot' comprised of Trump supporters, who attacked the Capitol, tried to disrupt election ballot confirmation, were armed and the attack was planned in advance. From there it has grown into a coup, part of far right, white supremacist group activity, and much, much more. All this includes an purposeful ignorance of similarities with two other riots which the media officially refers to as peaceful protests. The eye popping 'gaslighting' here is shocking even for our media. But the purpose of this political narrative is two fold, to paint Republicans as white supremacist, nationalists interested in taking over the country, AND, most importantly, to stop Trump in 2024. Therefore, the worst they can spin it the better to achieve the desired results. While conversely and simultaneously, insuring that none of the left wing riots will be referred to as anything other than 'justified, peaceful protests', no matter how ridiculous the description may appear.

This is important because it provides clarity in reading media reports and separating reality from political narratives.

Below are two articles, republished from July & September 2021 regarding the Capitol Riot 2021.

The first from The Wall Street Journal titled; "Two False Narratives About the Capitol Riot". The second from the Federalist titled, "A Comparison Of The 2017 Inauguration Riot, 2020 George Floyd Riots, And 2021 Capitol Riot." These two articles shoot down a couple of the major themes from the supposed 'insurrection'.

One false theme is that we were 'dangerously close to losing out democracy'.

Another false theme is that this was a 'Trump coup attempt'.

Another false theme is this was an armed riot while the George Floyd summer of love and the 2017 inauguration rally were just protests and in no way compare to the Capitol riots of 2021. Still other false themes were republished this weekend by the Washington Post titled, "Red Flags" & "Bloodshed". Both bear no resemblance to the truth. Neither makes a realistic comparison to the other two riots mentioned above.

Read the two reviews below to balance the 'political narratives' presented across the mainstream media and the rest of the Democrat political network.

from The Wall Street Journal:

As the Jan. 6 committee meets, politics drowns out the actual story.

The falseness in the Democratic story line is the idea that America’s constitutional order was hanging by a lone thread. The chairman of the Jan. 6 committee, Rep. Bennie Thompson, claimed in his opening remarks Tuesday that “the rioters came dangerously close to succeeding” in their effort to “upend American democracy.” This is in service of Mrs. Pelosi’s political narrative that Mr. Trump conspired with a mob to stage a coup d’état. She wants to run against Mr. Trump again in 2022.

More From The Wall Street Journal:

from The Federalist,

Many say the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot is one of America’s darkest episodes. Others say the nationwide protests last summer over George Floyd’s murder were worse. Here's data about both -- you decide.

This chart is republished from Real Clear Politics’s live version. The original will be continuously updated, while this one is static. It is the current data as of 6 a.m. ET Sept. 13. For links to sourcing and to see the real-time updated chart, click here.

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