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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.
“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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“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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“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.
Buy it, read it, act on it. Our future depends on the knowledge this col-lection of suppressed stories allows us.” —San Diego Review
“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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“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
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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

2. HOW THE EPA POLLUTES THE NEWS AND THE DIOXIN COVER-UP

Reports of improvement in environmental pollution levels were a deliberate attempt by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to mislead and pacify the public according to Jim Sibbison, a former EPA press officer. Equally disturbing, the news media have contributed to this disinformation campaign by treating EPA press releases as reliable news reports. For example, on July 28, 1988, in the midst of a summer during which medical waste washed up on East Coast beaches, The New York Times published a reassuring story by Philip Shabecoff, its environmental reporter, on page one. Shabecoff reported from Washington that nearly 90 percent of the nation’s publicly owned sewer systems had met their pollution-control requirements.

The Reagan Administration, in an effort to reduce EPA appropriations from Congress, encouraged EPA officials to soft-pedal pollution stories. Sibbison also revealed another previously unknown administration policy. Since Reagan first took office, executives from industry met secretly over the years with officials of the White House’s Office of Management and Budget to discuss pending new EPA regulations affecting their companies. The OMB allowed the executives to suggest revisions in these regulations to reduce costs to their industry. Then the EPA makes the necessary changes and the “acceptable” regulations go into effect..

An example of EPA malfeasance is found in the dioxin cover-up reported by Greenpeace earlier this year. It started in February 1987 when the American Paper Industry (API) discovered dioxin, a highly hazardous substance, within the bleaching process of its paper mills. As a result the industry had to conclude the inevitability of dioxin being present in some of its products including disposable diapers, office stationery, coffee filters, tampons, milk cartons, butter cartons, cereal boxes, tissues and paper plates. A month later, a confidential API plan treated the public health threat posed by dioxin as a public relations problem and established a primary goal to “keep all allegations of health risks out of the public arena.”

Subsequently, internal documents from API, sent to Greenpeace, substantiated how EPA and industry officials were working together to limit public knowledge about the hazards of dioxin. According to U.S. District Judge Owen M. Panner, the documents revealed an agreement “between the EPA and the industry to suppress, modify or delay the results of the joint EPA/industry (dioxin) study or the manner in which they are publicly presented.”

Critics suggest that the North American pulp and paper industry used delaying tactics to avoid legal liability for medical problems that people may have suffered as a result of exposure to dioxin, similar to the Agent Orange litigation, and that the EPA is hesitant to regulate dioxins for the same reason.

While the Reagan administration has been in bed with the Dioxin polluters, several European governments are dealing with the problem head on. Throughout Europe, the need for highly bleached paper products is being re-evaluated. Sweden, for example, has stopped the sale of Chlorine-bleached disposable diapers. In Austria, consumers are using unbleached brown coffee filters and milk cartons.

 SOURCE:

COLUMBIA JOURNALISM REVIEW, Nov/Dec, 1988, “Dead fish and red herrings: how the EPA pollutes the news,” by Jim Sibbison, pp 25-28. GREENPEACE, Mar/Apr 1989, “Whitewash: The Dioxin Cover-up,” by Peter Von Stackelberg, pp 7-11.

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