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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 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
“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.
“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 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
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“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
“[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
“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.
Buy it, read it, act on it. Our future depends on the knowledge this col-lection of suppressed stories allows us.” —San Diego Review
“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.
“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.)
“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

DuPont’s Deadly Deception

The major industrial enterprise E. I. du Pont de Nemours has been hiding studies on the deleterious effects the chemical C8 has on health for decades. C8 is a major surfactant component of Teflon, used in hundreds of different products including clothing, and furniture. C8 and other perfluorooctonoic acids (PFOA) are associated with a wide range of severe health problems from low levels of exposure like ulcerative colitis, high cholesterol, thyroid disease, testicular cancer, as well as kidney cancer. DuPont continued producing C8 despite knowing its toxicity.

DuPont has researched the toxicity of C8 since 1935, when they established Haskell Laboratories in response to increasing bladder cancer in workers. The company forbade scientists from publishing a C8 cancer model. DuPont researchers found in 1978 that C8 accumulated in blood and increased endocrine disorders yet chose not to disclose findings to the EPA and regulators. DuPont researchers found that babies born to women working with C8 products had birth defects similar to offspring of rats exposed to C8. Although DuPont reported the rat study, they left out the information that C8 could travel across the placental membrane from the birth defect study. DuPont found that C8 pollutes bodies of water and bloodstreams for an extremely long time and never degrades due to its stable nature. DuPont continued dumping the chemical into landfills and the ocean. C8 is in 99.7% of Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Traces of C8 are also in a wide number of animals around the world, including harbor seals, polar bears, and caribou.

Meeting notes showed corporate managers reached a consensus that “corporate image and corporate liability” were more important than public health. Concluding C8 was not a health hazard, DuPont increased use of C8. Dennis Pausenbach’s 2007 study in the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health estimates 2.5 million pounds of the chemical spread between 1951 and 2003 by the West Virginia chemical plant.

The company 3M, which produced and sold the chemical to DuPont for years, replied that they found no deleterious health effects on their employees when questioned by The Intercept, which published the original article. DuPont faces lawsuits from people who suffer health problems caused by C8, yet it continuously denies responsibility and downplays the hazard. DuPont has made billions from its sales of C8 containing products like Teflon.

Corporate media has reported on the number of lawsuits filed against DuPont and 3M, but leave out the insidious intentions of DuPont. In September 2015, Time magazine merely mentioned that investigations linked Teflon and C8 to birth defects and heart disease. It did not mention DuPont using C8 and concealing information from the EPA. A 2005 article in the New York Times failed to mention that DuPont knowingly knew about the long-term contamination for decades and continued production. A 2016 New York Times article focused on a defense attorney and though it mentioned DuPont’s unreported studies on C8, it avoided the corporate corruption that led to hiding decades of data for the sake of making profit.

Source:

Sharon Lerner, “DuPont and the Chemistry of Deception,” The Intercept, August 11, 2015, https://theintercept.com/2015/08/11/DuPont-chemistry-deception/.

Student Researcher: Nancy Luo (College of Marin)

Faculty Evaluator: Susan Rahman (College of Marin)

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