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“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.
“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
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“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 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
“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.
“One of the most significant media research projects in the country.” —I. F. Stone
“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.
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“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
Buy it, read it, act on it. Our future depends on the knowledge this col-lection of suppressed stories allows us.” —San Diego Review
“[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
“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.)
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“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 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
“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

13. THE FIRST AMENDMENT IS IN JEOPARDY

The First Amendment is being assaulted and the censorship weapon is the libel law. Some of the cases — Miss Wyoming/ Penthouse and Carol Burnett/National Enquirer — were well­ politicized. Others, involving free speech rights, were not.

Pat Haworth protested a land development in a letter to a newspaper and was sued for $3 million; Robert Putter criti­cized a Dallas police investigator in letters to officials and was fined $4,000; Rick Webb claimed a coal company polluted a West Virginia river and was sued for $200,000; The SHAD Alliance protested a nuclear power plant and was sued for $2 million; the NAACP protested alleged police brutality in San Francisco and was sued by the Police Officers Association for $50 million.

Even the threat of a suit is effective. The Institute for Policy Studies threatened to sue Avon if changes were not made in the paperback edition of The Spike. Avon caved in and more changes were made than had ever been made in a work of fiction between the hard-cover and paperback edition.

One of the most chilling examples of libel as an instrument of news suppression is the case of John Trumbo, a reporter for the Grass Valley Union, a small daily in Northern California. Trumbo was investigating a story that the director of a small school for troubled teenagers allegedly was involved in drug abuse and embezzlement. When the director learned of the inves­tigation, he filed a $5.4 million suit against Trumbo and the Union … before the story appeared. It has not yet appeared.

The fear of litigation also has led to an almost total blackout of one of the most sensational libel trials in media history, ABC is being sued for $41 million by the Synanon Foundation for a series of TV broadcasts in San Francisco in 1978. Despite its sensational nature and the critical issue of press freedom, the trial has received virtually no coverage because newspapers and broadcasters are scared to get involved in the story. Probably for good reason. Synanon also has or is suing Jack Anderson, Reader’s Digest, Time Magazine, and the Hearst Newspapers.

The failure of the mass media to loudly defend the issues of press freedom and free speech and the media’s passive acceptance of lawyers in the newsroom and self-censorship qualifies this story for nomination as one of the “best censored” stories of 1981.

SOURCES:

Columbia Journalism Review, 11/81, “Asking for Trouble” by Nadine Joseph; Berkeley Gazette, 3/l/81, “A Major Story That Has Gone Unreported by Herbert Kroll; The Nation, 6/6/81, “Libel as a Political Weapon” by Eve Fell; Inquiry, 5/11, 6/15, and 9/14, 1981, “First Amendment Watch,” a series of three articles by Nat Hentoff.

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