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“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.
“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
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“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 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
“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.)
“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.
“One of the most significant media research projects in the country.” —I. F. Stone
“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 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.
“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.
“[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] 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
“Hot news, cold truths, utterly uncensored.” —Greg Palast
“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
Buy it, read it, act on it. Our future depends on the knowledge this col-lection of suppressed stories allows us.” —San Diego Review
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Richard Nixon had his brother Donald; Jimmy Carter had his brother Billy, Ronald Reagan had his brother Neil. But, in recent presidential history, no president has had the blatant familial conflicts of interest that George Bush has.

Prescott Bush. Brother. Munenobu Shoji, president of a Japanese real estate firm, reported that his firm and another, both run by a former Japanese crime boss, paid Prescott $200,000 for investment advice. Shoji said he was introduced to Prescott by the president of a firm with connections to an organized-crime syndicate. “I thought of making investments in the United States with the help of Mr. Bush, who is a financial consultant and knows many influential people such as the presidents of South Korea and the Philippines,” Shoji said.

Neil Bush. Son. Neil was a director of Silverado Savings and Loan, in Colorado, which was shut down by regulators in December 1988 and is expected to cost taxpayers about $1 billion. Regulators were told to delay closing Silverado until after election day in 1988. In mid-July, 1991, Neil was hired as director of new business development for TransMedia Communications, a cable sports network. When asked, Bill Daniels, the cable TV tycoon who hired Neil, said he will “absolutely” continue to communicate with the president (George Bush) in his battle to stave off re-regulation of the cable industry.

Jeb Bush. Son. Jeb Bush, a Miami real estate developer, knew Leonel Martinez, a Miami builder, as a generous contributor to Bush family causes. Others knew that Martinez imported more than 3 1/2 tons of cocaine and more than 75 tons of marijuana into the United States and was under investigation for more than four murders. Martinez, also a dedicated Reaganite and active supporter of the contras, is now serving 23 years in prison for drug trafficking.

George W. Bush. Son. When Harken Energy Corp. of Grand Prairie, Texas, signed an oil-production sharing agreement with Bahrain, a tiny island off the coast of Saudi Arabia, industry experts marveled over how a virtually anonymous company, with no previous international drilling experience, could land such a potentially valuable concession. Perhaps the experts were not aware that George W. Bush, eldest son of the President, was on Harken’s board of directors and a $50,000-a-year “consultant” to the company’s chief executive officer. George sold more than 200,000 shares of Harken stock just weeks before Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait, on August 2, 1990 but did not report the “insider” stock sale until March of 1991, nearly eight months after the federal deadline for disclosing such transactions.


SOURCE: SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER, 110 Fifth Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94103, DATE: 7/28/91

TITLE: “Crime-linked firms hired Prescott Bush”

SOURCE: SANTA ROSA PRESS DEMOCRAT, 427 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa, CA 95401, DATES: 7/19/91 and 8/6/91

TITLES: “Neil Bush’s new boss” and “Son’s S&L not closed”

SOURCE: SPIN, 6 West 18th St., 11th Floor, New York, NY 10011, DATE: 12/3/91

TITLE: “See No Evil”

AUTHOR: Jefferson Morley

SOURCE: THE TEXAS OBSERVER, 307 West 7th St., Austin, TX 78701, DATES: 7/12/91 and 8/6/91

TITLES: “Oil in the family” and “Global Entanglements”

AUTHOR: David Armstrong

COMMENTS: Author Jefferson Morley said that “the revelation that the President and his son and the nation’s top drug policy official have received money from a convicted cocaine trafficker — and have not returned said campaign contributions — is worthy of mass media and reportorial follow-up. My article in SPIN received neither.”

Journalist David Armstrong notes that “given George W. Bush’s involvement in Harken Energy, exposure of the company’s more unsavory connections would be unlikely to improve the president’s standing in the polls.”

The various sources used by Project Censored to compile this nomination about President George Bush, his family, and their questionable conflicts of interest combine to make a point about the media coverage. Indeed, if a person happened to read a variety of sources on this issue, one would have a fairly good insight into how members of the Bush family use the presidency to further their personal goals despite the appearance of serious conflicts of interest. This is asking a lot of even the most concerned “good citizen.” It is the media’s responsibility to collect all the information about the various intrigues of the Bush family and present it to the American public in the context of the political/economic scene. This, of course, the media has not done.

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