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

4. REAGAN’S MANIA FOR SECRECY: GOVERNMENT DECISIONS WITHOUT DEMOCRACY

On December 3, 1986, President Ronald Reagan signed Public Law 99-494 proclaiming 1987 “The Year of the Reader.” The blatant hypocrisy of that act was clear throughout 1987 as the Reagan administration outdid itself in its efforts to control, interpret, manipulate, disinform, and censor all forms of information.

Typical of the Reagan administration’s efforts to control its own destiny and the nation’s history was the Justice Department memorandum filed in a lawsuit that could enable Reagan to control the history of his involvement in the Iran/contra scandal. The administration is seeking to overturn a 1986 Federal court ruling which limited Nixon’s right to block the release of his White House papers. The Justice Department memorandum would allow Nixon to withdraw any documentation he thought should be suppressed. In effect, Nixon would be in control of U.S. history between 1968 and 1974. If Nixon wins, it will pave the way for Reagan to control U.S. history from 1980 to 1988.

While alarming, this is merely the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Reagan’s mania for secrecy. Following are just three groups that tried to warn us about what was happening; the nation’s leading press didn’t think their stories were that important.

PEOPLE FOR THE AMERICAN WAY — A report titled “Government Secrecy: Decisions Without Democracy,” published in December 1987, provides more than 100 pages of well-documented charges about the growing secrecy system and its dangers to American democracy. The report “tells the story of the institutionalization of secrecy throughout the federal government … the story of unprecedented controls on information, not only on defense and foreign policy issues where legitimate secrets do need to be protected but on a host of topics vital to our daily lives, from toxic wastes to occupational hazards, from new technology to the health of our children.”

THE REPORTERS COMMITTEE FOR FREEDOM OF THE PRESS — In March, 1987, the Reporters Committee issued a “FYI Media Alert” about how the Reagan administration and its supporters restrict public and media access to government information and intrude on editorial freedom. The 50-page report, retroactive to March 1981, lists 135 specific actions, including threatened prosecution of the press for publishing classified information; expulsion of foreign journalists; proposed restrictive amendments to the Freedom of Information Act; proposed and actual use of lie detectors, and many other cases.

THE AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION — The ALA released its 1987 updated “Less Access to Less Information By and About the U.S. Government: IX,” covering 1987. The chronology, which was started in 1981, provides a damning indictment of Reagan administration efforts to “restrict and privatize government information” which has led to significantly limited access to public documents and statistics. The new 1987 report adds 30 pages and 78 specific items to the case for Reagan’s mania for secrecy.

 SOURCES:

THE NATION, 5/23/87, “History Deleted,” pp 669-670; GOVERNMENT DECISIONS WITHOUT DEMOCRACY, December 1987, by People For The American Way, pp 1-104+; FYI MEDIA ALERT 1987, March 1987, “The Reagan Administration & The News Media,” by The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, pp 1-50; THE AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION, Washington Office, “Less Access to Less Information By and About the U.S. Government: IX,” December 1987, by Anne A. Heanue.

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