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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
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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
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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
“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 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 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 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.
“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.
“[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
“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.
“Those who read and support Project Censored are in the know.” —Cynthia McKinney
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Buy it, read it, act on it. Our future depends on the knowledge this col-lection of suppressed stories allows us.” —San Diego Review


To hear Newsweek tell it, ABC’s “Nightline” is a “kind of national town meeting — a display case for electronic democracy.” But it seems that most citizens in “Nightline’s” town aren’t welcome at town hall and certainly aren’t invited to the meetings.

A 40-month analysis of ABC’s influential news program by Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) showed “Nightline’s” guest commentators were predominantly white American males of the conservative elite trumpeting U.S. government policy with little or no opposition.

The analysis, conducted by William Hoynes and David Croteau of Boston College, revealed that 89.7 percent of the guests were male and 92.1 percent where white. Only 6.2 percent of the guests were black with 1.7 percent other minorities. When broken down by occupation, over 70 percent of the guests were either professionals or former or current government or military officials. Only four percent of the guests were public interest repre­sentatives while labor leaders and racial or ethnic leaders accounted for one percent each.

The top four repeating guests on “Nightline” reflect the limited spectrum of opinion with Henry Kissinger and Alexander Haig appearing 14 times and Elliot Abrams and Jerry Falwell with 12 appearances. The only aberration was the 11 appearances by Nicaraguan government spokesman Alejandro Bendana, who was frequently placed in three-to-one opposing situations during the show.

As indicated by the statistics, representatives of liberal, civic, or public interest groups were often overlooked, and stories on economic, class, racial, gender, and cultural issues received short shrift. “Plainly stated, ‘Nightline’ presents a picture of the world which is startlingly similar to that presented by the U.S. government,” the study concluded.

In another study, conducted by the University of Minnesota, researchers analyzed every network newscast from January 1987 through June 1, 1989, and found that correspon­dents and producers turned time and time again to a very small group of the same experts.  In fact, the study found that out of the select group of names in the “Golden Rolodex,” less than one fifth of the names accounted for more than half of the on-air appearances.

More importantly, this select group of experts is far from diversified in its range of opinion, consisting primarily of male Republicans who were either ex-government officials, or scholars from right-wing think tanks like the American Enterprise Institute and the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Even worse, the study found that these experts were labeled with titles such as “political analyst” and presented as neutral, when, in fact, many of them freely admit that their views are conservative and definitely aligned with the right. Democrats, however, “are almost always billed as Democrats, tipping off the viewership that it is listening to a partisan view.”

These two studies would certainly seem to debunk the myth of a liberal bias in the media. “It is quite frightening when you think about it,” concluded Holly Ainbinder, a spokesperson for FAIR. “There is a whole kingdom of thought and viewpoint and wisdom out there that is being ignored. What we’re showing is a need to invigorate the First Amend­ment.”



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COMMENTS: This nomination reports on two separate major media studies which ex­plored who it is that the media turn to for “authoritative analysis” of important issues. The two studies were conducted by academicians, one at Boston College and the other at the University of Minnesota. In both cases, the results indicated that the media turn to a small group of mostly conservative white males for their information. And, in both cases, the results appear to debunk the myth of a liberal bias in the media. Not surprisingly, the media did not widely report the results.

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