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“[Censored] offers devastating evidence of the dumbing-down of main-stream news in America. . . . Required reading for broadcasters, journalists, and well-informed citizens.” —Los Angeles Times
“Censored 2014 is a clarion call for truth telling. Not only does this volume highlight fearless speech in fateful times, it connect the dots between the key issues we face, lauds our whistleblowers and amplifies their voices, and shines light in the dark places of our government that most need exposure.” –Daniel Ellsberg, The Pentagon Papers
“In another home run for Project Censored, Censored 2013 shows how the American public has been bamboozled, snookered, and dumbed down by the corporate media. It is chock-full of ‘ah-ha’ moments where we understand just how we’ve been fleeced by banksters, stripped of our civil liberties, and blindly led down a path of never-ending war.” –Medea Benjamin, author of Drone Warfare, cofounder of Global Exchange and CODEPINK.
“Project Censored shines a spotlight on news that an informed public must have . . . a vital contribution to our democratic process.” —Rhoda H. Karpatkin, president, Consumer’s Union
“Project Censored continues to be an invaluable resource in exposing and highlighting shocking stories that are routinely minimized or ignored by the corporate media. The vital nature of this work is underscored by this year’s NSA leaks. The world needs more brave whistle blowers and independent journalists in the service of reclaiming democracy and challenging the abuse of power. Project Censored stands out for its commitment to such work.” —Deepa Kumar, author of Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire and associate professor of Media Studies and Middle Eastern Studies at Rutgers University
“[Censored] should be affixed to the bulletin boards in every newsroom in America. And, perhaps read aloud to a few publishers and television executives.” —Ralph Nader
“Project Censored interrogates the present in the same way that Oliver Stone and I tried to interrogate the past in our Untold History of the United States. It not only shines a penetrating light on the American Empire and all its deadly, destructive, and deceitful actions, it does so at a time when the Obama administration is mounting a fierce effort to silence truth-tellers and whistleblowers. Project Censored provides the kind of fearless and honest journalism we so desperately need in these dangerous times.” —Peter Kuznick, professor of history, American University, and coauthor, with Oliver Stone, of The Untold History of the United States
“One of the most significant media research projects in the country.” —I. F. Stone
“Most journalists in the United States believe the press here is free. That grand illusion only helps obscure the fact that, by and large, the US corporate press does not report what’s really going on, while tuning out, or laughing off, all those who try to do just that. Americans–now more than ever–need those outlets that do labor to report some truth. Project Censored is not just among the bravest, smartest, and most rigorous of those outlets, but the only one that’s wholly focused on those stories that the corporate press ignores, downplays, and/or distorts. This latest book is therefore a must read for anyone who cares about this country, its tottering economy, and–most important– what’s now left of its democracy.” –Mark Crispin Miller, author, professor of media ecology, New York University.
“At a time when the need for independent journalism and for media outlets unaffiliated with and untainted by the government and corporate sponsors is greater than ever, Project Censored has created a context for reporting the complete truths in all matters that matter. . . . It is therefore left to us to find sources for information we can trust. . . . It is in this task that we are fortunate to have an ally like Project Cen-sored.” —Dahr Jamail
“For ages, I’ve dreamed of a United States where Project Censored isn’t necessary, where these crucial stories and defining issues are on the front page of the New York Times, the cover of Time, and in heavy rotation on CNN. That world still doesn’t exist, but we always have Project Censored’s yearly book to pull together the most important things the corporate media ignored, missed, or botched.” –Russ Kick, author of You Are Being Lied To, Everything You Know Is Wrong, and the New York Times bestselling series The Graphic Canon.
Buy it, read it, act on it. Our future depends on the knowledge this col-lection of suppressed stories allows us.” —San Diego Review
“Hot news, cold truths, utterly uncensored.” —Greg Palast
“Project Censored brings to light some of the most important stories of the year that you never saw or heard about. This is your chance to find out what got buried.” –Diane Ravitch, author of The Death and Life of the Great American School System.
“Activist groups like Project Censored . . . are helping to build the media democracy movement. We have to challenge the powers that be and rebuild media from the bottom up.” —Amy Goodman
“Project Censored is one of the organizations that we should listen to, to be assured that our newspapers and our broadcasting outlets are practicing thorough and ethical journalism.” —Walter Cronkite
“Those who read and support Project Censored are in the know.” —Cynthia McKinney
“The staff of Project Censored presents their annual compilation of the previous year’s 25 stories most overlooked by the mainstream media along with essays about censorship and its consequences. The stories include an 813% rise in hate and anti-government groups since 2008, human rights violations by the US Border Patrol, and Israeli doctors injecting Ethiopian immigrants with birth control without their consent. Other stories focus on the environment, like the effects of fracking and Monsantos GMO seeds. The writers point out misinformation and outright deception in the media, including CNN relegating factual accounts to the “opinion” section and the whitewashing of Margaret Thatcher’s career following her death in 2013, unlike Hugo Chavez, who was routinely disparaged in the coverage following his death. One essay deals with the proliferation of “Junk Food News,” in which “CNN and Fox News devoted more time to ‘Gangnam Style’ than the renewal of Uganda’s ‘Kill the Gays’ law.” Another explains common media manipulation tactics and outlines practices to becoming a more engaged, free-thinking news consumer or even citizen journalist. Rob Williams remarks on Hollywood’s “deep and abiding role as a popular propaganda provider” via Argo and Zero Dark Thirty. An expose on working conditions in Chinese Apple factories is brutal yet essential reading. This book is evident of Project Censored’s profoundly important work in educating readers on current events and the skills needed to be a critical thinker.” -Publisher’s Weekly said about Censored 2014 (Oct.)

1. CBS AND NBC SPIKED FOOTAGE OF IRAQ BOMBING CARNAGE

CBS and NBC refused to broadcast rare, uncensored footage taken deep inside Iraq at the height of the U.S.-led air war. The footage, initially commissioned by NBC with two producers whose earlier work had earned the network seven Emmys, substantially contradicted U.S. administration claims that civilian damage from the American-led bombing campaign was light. The exclusive videotape, shot by producers Jon Alpert and Maryanne Deleo, during a trip to Iraq in early February, portrayed heavy civilian carnage as a result of allied bombing.

“I thought it was substantial,” said NBC Nightly News Executive Producer Steven Friedman, who initially approved the material for the broadcast. “It was stuff on the ground that nobody else had. It was very interesting material that we wanted to use for the show, but the boss (NBC President Michael Gartner) said no.” After a meeting with Friedman, anchor Tom Brokaw, and Tom Capra, executive producer of the Today Show, producer Jon Alpert said “Everybody felt the film was very good. Friedman is a very competitive newsman and wanted to get the story on. They asked for three minutes, to be shown on the Nightly News and the Today Show, and we reached a financial agreement.”

But despite the enthusiasm shown by Friedman and Brokaw, who reportedly fought hard for its airing, Gartner killed the footage.

The producers then took the video to CBS, where they got the go-ahead from CBS Evening News Executive Producer Tom Bettag. “He told me, ‘You’ll appear on the show with Dan (Rather) tomorrow night,”‘ Alpert said. But while he was editing the piece for CBS, Alpert got a call from the network: Bettag had been fired in the middle of the night, and his piece had been killed.

Both networks have stated publicly that spiking the story had nothing to do with the controversial nature of the material.

Nevertheless, a series of interviews with network producers who requested anonymity, charged that the overwhelming support for the administration’s war effort placed intense pressure on news executives to toe the line. “The pressure behind the scenes at the height of the hostilities to put out a pro-war, pro-administration message was immense,” said one producer with more than 15 years’ experience at the three networks.

The media-watchdog group Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) concluded: “There is a strong indication that intimidation and censorship has taken place in at least six of the cases that have been reported to us of stories and broadcasts that were unfavorable to the administration’s war policy.” Several journalists and broadcasters have claimed to have had their work pulled or even to have lost their jobs for stories or comments that have been deemed out of sync with public opinion polls, according to FAIR.

SSU CENSORED RESEARCHER: JACKIE STONEBRAKER

SOURCE: THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY GUARDIAN

520 Hampshire St., San Francisco, CA 94110-1417, DATE: 3/20/91

TITLE: “Sights unseen” AUTHORS: Dennis Bernstein and Sasha Futran

COMMENTS: This story provides a “smoking gun” example of media self­-censorship which some critics of Project Censored often demand. Here is a case where two professional television documentary producers were able to capture dramatic coverage of what happened in Iraq as a result of the heavy U.S.-led bombing campaign. This was coverage which had not been censored or edited by the military. Yet, while journalists at both CBS and NBC news departments were interested in the footage, both networks decided not to run it.

Dennis Bernstein, one of the authors of the article revealing the networks” censorship, said that it did not receive the media coverage it deserved and that the public would have benefited from wider exposure of this story had it been put into the context of the timing of the war.

Bernstein added that he originally distributed the article through the Pacific News Service, where he is an associate editor, but that none of the news service’s major media clients gave it a second glance. “The S.F. Chronicle said it was old news at the time that it broke,” Bernstein noted.

Bernstein said that the networks, and their corporate military sponsors (and in the case of GE and NBC, their owners), were the primary beneficiaries from the lack of media coverage given this issue.

Summing up the media control and manipulation during the Gulf War, a senior network producer with long experience at NBC and CBS said “This is the most pervasive propaganda control I’ve ever witnessed. I’ve never seen anything like it.”

Ironically, while CBS and NBC deprived the nation of information it should have received during the war, the producers did sell a copy of their video to Japanese television. And a videotape is now available in the U.S. to those who want to see what was censored by the networks. A 28-minute version of the material, titled “Nowhere to Hide,” is being circulated by media watchdog and community groups.

For information on how to obtain a copy of film the networks censored -­”Nowhere to Hide: Ramsey Clark in Iraq” — write: Coalition to Stop U.S. Intervention in the Middle East, 36 East 12th Street, New York, NY 10003.

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