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

The Age of the Climate Refugees is Here

In an October 2017 report for YES! Magazine, Mark Trahant wrote, “We don’t think of Californians as climate refugees yet, but we should.” Trahant was referring to the victims of the wildfires that devastated Californian communities around the cities of Santa Rosa and Santa Barbara. As his YES! Magazine article noted, the World Meteorological Organization has determined that “natural disasters have tripled and the damage caused by them have increased fivefold” due to climate change.

Hurricanes and tornados have become much more powerful in recent years, decimating cities and towns, and death tolls continue to rise. Climatologists warned of this but many balked, and now when it is a reality for US citizens as it is in Puerto Rico, President Trump’s reaction to the slow response time in the aftermath of Maria was clearly another opportunity to grandstand. Trahant noted, “Puerto Rico still waits for clean water, sanitation, electricity, and basic infrastructure more than a month after its storms.” Yet, President Trump told reporters, when describing the federal government’s response, “I’d say it was a 10.” Trump’s upbeat assessment fails to align with reality—as of December 2017, 1.5 million people in Puerto Rico remained without power.

Scientists warn that climate-change driven disasters will get worse, and the planet may become uninhabitable if we do not stop this vicious cycle of destruction and denial. Trahant wrote, “If global carbon emissions continue at a high level, extreme dry periods will double,” according to an October 2015 study.

Populations are already struggling to keep up with disaster relief and repair at currents levels, and the idea of increasing those exponentially seems terrifying.

Although many news media outlets report on disasters, especially for their shock value, few report on why these disasters are so severe. All the major outlets from MSNBC to CNBC, to FOX News report disasters, while frequently omitting the connections between those disasters and climate change, as a previous Project Censored report documented.  In an exception to this pattern, in December, 2017, the Los Angeles Times published an article that addressed links between climate change and California’s disastrous fire season, as well as other “extreme events.” However, the Los Angeles Times’ coverage concluded in a way that might well have been disheartening to the victims of those fires when it noted that, “the more that extreme events occur, the more that scientists have to study—and the better they will be able to nail those relationships down in the future.”

Sources:

Mark Trahant, “We Don’t Think of Californians as Climate Refugees Yet, But We Should,” YES! Magazine, October 23, 2017, www.yesmagazine.org/planet/we-dont-think-of-californians-as-climate-refugees-yet-but-we-should-20171024.

Amy Thomson, “We Can’t Talk About the Los Angeles Fires Without Talking About Climate Change,” Mother Jones, December 6, 2017, https://www.motherjones.com/environment/2017/12/we-cant-talk-about-the-los-angeles-fires-without-talking-about-climate-change/.

Student Researcher: Michael Lovell and Stephanie Rickher (Diablo Valley College)

Faculty Evaluator: Mickey Huff (Diablo Valley College)

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