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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
“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.
“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.
“[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 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.
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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.
“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
“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.)
“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
“Those who read and support Project Censored are in the know.” —Cynthia McKinney
“Hot news, cold truths, utterly uncensored.” —Greg Palast
“One of the most significant media research projects in the country.” —I. F. Stone
Buy it, read it, act on it. Our future depends on the knowledge this col-lection of suppressed stories allows us.” —San Diego Review


Industrial Bio-Test (IBT) was the largest testing lab in the country. It conducted about one-third of the toxicity and cancer testing of chemicals in America — as many as 22,500 safety tests over the last decade.

On June 22, 1981, the former president of IBT and three ex-subordinates were indicted for alleged fraudulent tests on four chemicals. The four suspect chemicals were TCC, an antibacterial agent used in deodorant soaps; naprosyn, an arthritis medication; and soconor and nemacur, both pesticides.

The full extent of the fraud can be seen in the studies of TCC done for Monsanto. During the experiments, IBT substituted live rats for those which died and did not keep proper identification of the test animals; it also provided the FDA with false information and made a practice of shedding documents.

These testing procedures did not appear to disturb Monsanto. It originally fought efforts by FDA inspectors to gain access to TCC records and only later, during an investigation by the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Health and Scientific Research, did Monsanto try to present itself as being cooperative. Despite its huge financial stake in TCC, Monsanto was allowed (by the FDA) to retest the chemical; the FDA accepted Monsanto’s decision that TCC was safe. Oh yes, one of the indicted IBT men now works for Monsanto.

The Monsanto/TCC case may be merely the tip of the iceberg; IBT conducted tests for nearly 30 years and its corporate clients included companies that produced drugs, dyes, plastics, pesticides, food additives, and cosmetics. (The companies included Proctor and Gamble, Armour, Upjohn, Dow, 3M, and Shell.) Governmental clients included the Army, Defense Department, Environmental Protection Agency, and the Food and Drug Administration. And the World Health Organization relied heavily on IBT to set human-exposure standards for potentially dangerous chemicals to be used in foreign countries.

Nor is such fraud confined to chemical testing. For nearly a year, a team of reporters and researchers working at Mother Jones and the Center for Investigative Reporting examined the subject of safety with particular attention to testing laboratories, standard ­setting boards and regulatory agencies that perform, review, certify and oversee the science of testing for safety. They found that much of the research and regulatory effort aimed at ensuring us a safer world is either fraudulent or useless. Rather than living in a scientifically proven, healthy, hazard-free environment, we are actually surrounded by a comforting illusion of safety … an illusion created by public and private institutions more concerned with the safety of their own existence than with the safety of the public.It is the news media’s responsibility to shatter such illusions.


FOCUS/MIDWEST, September, 1982, “Testing Fraud,” by Judith and Mark Miller; Mother Jones and the Center for Investigative Reporting, 1982, “The Illusion of Safety,” by Mark Dowie, Douglas Foster, Carolyn Marshall, David Weir, Jonathan King.

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