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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.
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“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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18. NATIONAL MEDIA IGNORING CIA MISDEEDS

In the wake of Watergate, it appeared that journalists were intent on exposing a wide range of government and corporate misdeeds. Scandalous activities of the Central Intelligence Agency seemed to be on top of the list … and deserved to be there.

These days, however, the investigative journalism successes of the Watergate era seem like a distant memory. And our national news media – in particular network television – have shown little interest in a number of scandals involving the CIA, including stories such as:

* The CIA and the savings and loan scam. Houston Post reporter Peter Brewton was virtually the only mainstream journalist to tackle this complex story. Brewton’s reporting traced the CIA’s involvement in the failure of dozens of thrifts, ranging from the use of fraudulent pro­ceeds to finance covert operations, to CIA intervention in criminal investigations involving agency operatives.

* The CIA and drugs. Little media attention was paid to the 1989 Costa Rican Congres­sional Commission major investigation of narcotics in that country, which concluded that the contra resupply network, set up by Oliver North and CIA station chief Joseph Fernandez had facilitated cocaine traffic through Costa Rica into the U.S.

* The CIA’s role in the secret war on Nicaragua. Among other things, the agency was responsible for the mining of harbors, advising Contra rebels with handbooks on how to assassi­nate Sandanista officials, and the La Penca bombing.

* The CIA and Nelson Mandela. The Cox Newspapers’ mid-1990 report that the CIA, using an agent inside the ANC, gave the South African government the information it needed to find and arrest Mandela in 1962.

* The CIA’s role in the slaughter of suspected communists in Indonesia in 1965. The Spartanburg, S.C., Herald Journal’s May 1990 report that CIA and State Department officials passed lists of “possible communists” to the Indonesian government which were used in the ex­termination of more than 250,000 people.

Logic and experience tell us that it is time to question the system of secret government. It is a system alien to American principles and defective in practice. But to question it, we must first become aware of it. And if the media won’t expose it, who will?

SSU CENSORED RESEARCHER: BILL GIBBONS

SOURCE: FAIRNESS AND ACCURACY IN REPORTING (FAIR), 130 W 25th St., New York, NY 10001

DATE: 5/17/90 (published in The Oregonian)

TITLE: “National Media Ignoring CIA Misdeeds”

AUTHOR: MARTIN A. LEE

SOURCE: THE NEW YORK TIMES, 229 West 43rd St., New York, NY 10036, DATE: 6/12/90

TITLE: “An Alien System”

AUTHOR: ANTHONY LEWIS

COMMENTS: Investigative author Martin A. Lee charges that the coverage of misdeeds by the Central Intelligence Agency received scant attention in the U.S. news media. The article itself, describing a variety of scandals involving the CIA, was published in the Portland Oregonian, San Jose Mercury, and the Seattle Times, but was not picked up by any major wire service. Nor has the subject matter been discussed to any significant degree in the national newspapers of record or national network news. Lee believes that the “major news media committed a great disservice to the general public by underreporting stories about CIA misdeeds – Mandela, CIA links with drug traffickers in Central America, and the involvement of CIA personnel in the S&L scandal. This information should have been widely discussed (in the press) at a time when Congress was considering legislation that would have, in effect, legalized many of the crimes committed by U.S. intelligence during the Iran-contra scandal. But this legislation, itself, was largely ignored by U.S. news media.” (See censored story # 25, page 67) According to Lee, “Corrupt elements of the CIA and other U.S. intelligence agencies, along with their knee-jerk apologists and supporters in Congress and the Executive Branch, certainly have benefited by the limited press coverage of CIA misdeeds. Neil Bush, the President’s son, also benefited, given that his S&L in Denver was linked to CIA personnel and organized crime. Senator Jesse Helms and other rightwing boosters of the South African apartheid system also benefited from poor reporting on this issue.”

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