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“[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
“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
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 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
“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
“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
“[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.
“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.
“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.
“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 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
“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
“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.
“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.)

Corporate Media Fail to Report Male Perspectives on Sexual Injustice

Within the past year, the #MeToo movement has put emphasis on the importance of public conversations about women and their stories of sexual violence, harassment, and abuse. Although the praise for these courageous women stepping forward has been thoroughly discussed in the media, a neglected issue is the noticeable silence of how men fit into and respond to the movement.

Responding to #MeToo is the #TimesUp movement in which many male celebrities have come forward in support of women. However, a key question is whether #TimesUp is fighting for the movement, or fighting for publicity. Soon after Aziz Ansari was seen wearing a #TimesUp pin at the Golden Globes, reports revealed that he had sexually mistreated a woman while on a date with her. News of Ansari’s questionable and repeated actions left many people, especially men, unsure of where they fit in the public conversation about the treatment of women and women’s rights. In a January 2018 Guardian article, Sarah Solemani explained that although the movement has exposed the truth behind men taking advantage of their positions of power, it still leaves some unsure of their actions. Solemani states, “The cautionary tale of Aziz Ansari has split the room…Men are scared. What are the rules? Where are the lines?”

The #MeToo and Time’s Up movements are generating discussions that have needed to happen for quite some time. In a movement so centrally focused around women and their struggle to gain respect and be seen as equals, men too would like to receive assurance that they are not overstepping the boundaries that the #MeToo movement is helping to define. In a February 2018 article for Women’s eNews, Rob Okun encouraged men to be critical of themselves and to “look inward” in order to understand how they may counter sexism and avoid perpetuating harassment or abusive behavior. Working alongside women in the #MeToo Movement is only the first step. But in order to generate serious change, men must also make the effort to learn about masculinity and gender inequality. Okun offered one remedy: If men can be allies to women in their fight for equal status and recognition, then dismantling the gendered issues that persist today will no longer be a dream but become a reality.

Since the beginning of #MeToo, establishment media have chosen to focus almost exclusively on women’s perspectives. Although this is a refreshing change from a male-dominated view of society, it remains important for men to gauge where they stand and what now needs to be done by them. Gender roles are evolving and men’s positions within the culture need to be rethought. The pedestals that they have been placed on are no longer theirs and theirs only. Women are finally speaking up and they’re saying, time’s up.


Rob Okun, “‘Where Are The Men?’–Hiding in Plain Sight for 40 Years,” Women’s eNews February 08, 2018,

Sarah Solemani, “The Aziz Ansari Furor Isn’t the End of #MeToo. It’s Just the Beginning,” The Guardian, January 22, 2018,

Student Researchers: Katherine Lyons, Lauren Maher, Jaclyn Nicholson, Kacie Quinn (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)

Faculty Evaluator: Allison Butler (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)

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