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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
“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
“One of the most significant media research projects in the country.” —I. F. Stone
“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
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.)
“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.
“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 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
“[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.
“[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
“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
“Hot news, cold truths, utterly uncensored.” —Greg Palast
“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 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.
“Those who read and support Project Censored are in the know.” —Cynthia McKinney
“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

3. “Jimmy Carter and the Trilateral Commission”

The Trilateral Commission (TLC), though last year’s number one choice for the “Ten Best Censored Stories of 1976,” has been renominated, as this monumentous story still has had very limited press coverage.

The idea for the Commission came from David Rockefeller, of Chase Manhattan Bank, in the aftermath of the Vietnam War and the late 60’s, with his fears that the “excess of democracy” was curbing both the power and flexibility of the U. S. government’s world interventions which would minimize chances for situa­tions favorable to U. S. capital and the multinational corporations. The purpose of the group is to bring together multinational business executives, politicians, and a few union leaders, from Western Europe, the United States, and Japan — the world’s industrial giants–into a policymaking alliance designed to dictate world policies and exploit citizens for economic gains.

The first step in the plan was to gain control of the legislative branch of the U. S. government by selecting, in 1973, an ambitious and capable presidential candidate, an unknown peanut farmer from Georgia, with no political base, to be a founding member of the Trilateral Commission and then providing his education in international politics.    Jimmy Carter was elected with the help of the 200 odd Commissioners, including the heads of CBS and Time. This was followed by the new President’s appointment o£ TLC members to all the policy making roles in the U. S. government. A few examples of Trilateral Commission members, other than Carter himself, are, Zbigniew Brzezinski, National Security Advisor to the President; Walter Mondale, Vice President; Cyrus Vance, Secretary of State; Harold Brown, Secretary of Defense; and W. Michael Blumenthal, Secretary of the Treasury.

Every one of Carter’s major moves so far has been in precise accord with the group’s recommendations. Their general ‘band aid’ plan includes (1) a new economic planning agency attached to the White House; (2) some unspecified way of eliminating the pervasive suspicion of the motives and powers of political leaders; (3) reinvigoration of political parties accomplished mainly by making it legal for corporations to support them; (4) check upon the abuses of power by the press to include tougher libel laws against journalists who insult decision makers; (5) reduced spending for education as it leads to frustration, criticism, and disrespect; (6) government subsidies to major corporations to design unspecified new modes of organization that will head off irresponsible blackmailing techniques; (7) a new institute for strengthening of democratic institutions at the public’s expense.

The potential effects of this organization on, not only our society, but the rest of the world qualify this story to be nominated as a “best censored story.”


“The Making of a President,” by Robert Manning, Penthouse, September, 1977, p. 118+.

“Cartergate: The Death of Democracy,” by Craig S. Karpel, Penthouse November, 1977, p. 69+.

“Where Jimmy Went Wrong,” by Taylor Branch, Esquire, May, 1977, p. 28-21.

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