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

3. VOODOO ECONOMICS: THE UNTOLD STORY

As 1991 lurched to a close, national polls revealed that the public had put economic issues, including the national deficit, on top of its list of concerns. Still the media have yet to fully explain how bad the deficit is and how the economy became so dismal. Consequently, the American public knows it is in serious financial trouble, but it doesn’t know why nor whom to hold accountable.

First, the deficit. By next September 30, when the current fiscal year ends, the federal government’s total outstanding debt — which took about 200 years to reach $1 trillion in 1981 — will total $4 trillion. The federal budget deficit is now growing by nearly $1 billion every 24 hours or $3.94 for every person — young and old — in the United States.

Incredibly, as of October, 1991, it appeared that the interest alone on the federal debt will be the nation’s single largest expenditure this year — exceeding even the military budget. (It should be noted that declining interest rates will lower the interest due on the federal debt.) Interest expense came close to that in fiscal year ’91. Last year’s Defense Department budget was $293.3 billion while interest on debt totaled $288.7 billion.

Next, voodoo economics. Over the last 20 years, the people in Washington who write the complex tangle of rules by which the economy operates have rigged the game, by design and default, to favor the privileged, the powerful, and the influential. This is the basic conclusion of a two year research effort by Philadelphia Inquirer reporters Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele.

The result is that the already-rich are richer than ever before; the middle class is being dismantled; life for the working class is deteriorating; and those at the bottom are trapped.

The authors found that the rules that govern America’s economy have:

* Created a tax system that Is firmly weighted against the middle class.

* Enabled companies to cancel health-care and pension benefits for employees.

* Granted subsidies to businesses that create low-wage jobs that in turn erode living standards.

* Undermined longtime stable businesses and communities.

* Rewarded companies that transfer jobs abroad and eliminate jobs in this country.

* Placed home ownership out of reach of a growing number of Americans and made the financing of a college education impossible without incurring a hefty debt.

SSU CENSORED RESEARCHER: ERIK CUMMINS

SOURCE: KNIGHT-RIDDER NEWSPAPERS/PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER 400 North Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19130

Reprinted in: SANTA ROSA (CA) PRESS DEMOCRAT DATE: 11/2/91-11/8/91

TITLE: “Caught In The Middle” — series of six articles AUTHORS: Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele

SOURCE: USA TODAY, 1000 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22229, DATE: 10/1/91

TITLE: “Interest to take largest slice of budget pie” AUTHOR: Mark Memmott

COMMENTS: Authors Donald Barlett and James Steele point out one of the traditional shortcoming of the major mass media. “Many of the subjects we dealt with — taxes, pensions, health care, bankruptcy, foreign trade, corporate takeovers — were reported on individually by newspapers, magazines, radio and television,” Barlett and Steele said. “But none of the media pulled the broad range of these and other subjects together into a cohesive, unified story. And none successfully wove together an analysis of a half-century of tax and economic data and the individual stories of workers to document the decline of America’s middle class. As a result, that larger story went untold. Most importantly, the task of researching and writing the series called for a major commitment of time and news columns, both of which The Inquirer gave in abundance to assure that the story was fully explored.” The authors also pointed out that “An informed citizenry has always been regarded as the basis of democracy. Unless citizens know what is malfunctioning in the political and economic system they are ill-equipped to make judgments on what must be done to correct a problem.”

USA TODAY reporter Mark Memmott pointed out that the “media have reported extensively on the budget deficit but not enough about the economic ramifications of the red ink — and definitely not enough about the crippling size of the interest on the federal debt. And when those topics are the subjects of reports, perspective is rarely included.” He added that readers have to be given hard facts on how the budget deficit affects their lives. “Then, they’ll be able to make informed decisions in the voting booths the next time politicians ask them to go along with budget-busting policies.” Memmott also noted that the “only people who could possibly benefit from inadequate media coverage of the budget situation are politicians seeking reelection.”

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