The Grayzone, a left-wing news website and blog


If it bears apples, it is an apple tree. If it is an apple tree, it bears apples.

If it’s The Grayzone, it gives left-wing news.


You Will Know Them by Their Fruits

15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? 17 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Therefore by their fruits you will know them.

Matthew 7:15-20 New King James Version


The Grayzone is a left-wing to far-left news website and blog founded and edited by American journalist Max Blumenthal. The website, initially founded as The Grayzone Project, was affiliated with AlterNet before becoming independent in early 2018. The website’s news content is generally considered to be fringe. Wikipedia

The Grayzone is a left-wing[1] to far-left[11] news website and blog[15] founded and edited by American journalist Max Blumenthal.[12] The website, initially founded as The Grayzone Project,[16] was affiliated with AlterNet before becoming independent in early 2018.[2] The website’s news content is generally considered to be fringe.[2][17][18][19] It is known for its misleading reporting[20] and sympathetic coverage of authoritarian regimes,[2][13][21] in addition to its denial of the Uyghur genocide.[25] The Grayzone has spread conspiracy theories about Venezuela, Xinjiang, Syria, and other regions.[26][27]

The Grayzone was founded as a blog called The Grayzone Project in December 2015 by Max Blumenthal.[2][12][16] The blog was hosted on AlterNet from its inception until early 2018, when The Grayzone became independent of the website.[2][28]

The Grayzone‘s news content is generally considered to be fringe,[2][17][18][19] with its content ideologically centered around the website’s desire for a multipolar world.[2] Along this vein, the website has supported the government of Bashar al-Assad in Syria,[29] publishing content denying that the Syrian government used chemical weapons against civilians during the Syrian civil war,[2][30] and maintains a pro-Kremlin editorial line.[1][29] The website published pro-Russian propaganda during the Russian invasion of Ukraine, including the debunked claim that Ukrainian fighters were using civilians as human shields.[24] The Russian fake news website Peace Data promoted articles from The Grayzone.[31]

The website has also denied the scope of the Xinjiang internment camps and the Uyghur genocide, downplaying widely reported abuses by the Chinese government against Turkic Muslim minorities in Xinjiang.[2][13][12][17]

False claims published by The Grayzone are referenced by Twitter users who back Assad and the Russian government.[29]

The website also promotes conspiracy theories regarding George Soros, which originated in white supremacist circles.[32]

In February 2021, tweets concerning a Grayzone article by Blumenthal were the first to receive a Twitter warning label stating “These materials may have been obtained through hacking”. The story was titled “Reuters, BBC, and Bellingcat participated in covert UK Foreign Office–funded programs to ‘weaken Russia’, leaked docs reveal”. The story referred to hacked and leaked documents and alleged that a British Army unit has used “social media to help fight wars”.[33][34]

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