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

Before Snowden: Corporate Media Weak in Connecting Dots on NSA Surveillance

Previous to Booz Allen Hamilton contractor Edward Snowden’s leak of classified records to The Guardian, major U.S. newspapers did mediocre reporting on the National Security Agency’s (NSA) domestic surveillance program STELLARWIND (Stellar Wind) that collected “bulk metadata.”  Initiated under the Bush Administration and identified as the “President’s Surveillance Program,” STELLARWIND ended in 2011, as Glenn Greenwald and Spencer Ackerman reported in June 2013.

A search of U.S. newspapers through Lexis-Nexis Academic and Proquest Newsstand retrieved one corporate news story in 2013, from The New York Times, linking STELLARWIND to surveillance, even though The Guardian’s Paul Harris had interviewed former NSA intelligence official Bill Binney on this topic in 2012, almost a full year before the Snowden disclosures. The Times article appeared several days after The Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald and Ewen MacAskill reported on Verizon’s cooperation with the NSA’s PRISM data mining program that allowed the NSA “direct access to the systems of Google, Facebook, Apple and other US internet giants.”

Major U.S. newspapers also failed to frame STELLARWIND in terms of prior NSA surveillance such as the Terrorist Information Awareness (TIA) data mining program, even though a congressional hearing had been held in 2004. Though Shane Harris published The Watchers: The Rise of America’s Surveillance State in 2010, only Eric Lichtblau covered Harris’ reporting. This lack of deep reporting is a breach of investigative journalism that negatively influences public knowledge of government agencies’ continuing civil liberties violations, especially in smaller, regional newspapers that depend on reprinting news from U.S. national newspapers.


Glenn Greenwald and Spencer Ackerman, “NSA Collected US Email Records in Bulk for More than Two Years Under Obama,” The Guardian, June 27, 2013, obama.

“NSA inspector general report on email and internet data collection under Stellar Wind – full document,” The Guardian, June 27, 2013,

Glenn Greenwald and Ewen MacAskill, “NSA Prism Program Taps in to User Data of Apple, Google and Others,” The Guardian, June 6, 2013,

Paul Harris, “US Data Whistleblower: ‘It’s a Violation of Everybody’s Constitutional Rights’”, The Guardian, September 12, 2012,

Secondary Sources:

Electronic Surveillance Under Bush and Obama,” The New York Times, June 7, 2013,

House Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law, Privacy and Civil Liberties in the Hands of the Government Post-September 11, 2001: Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission and the U.S. Department of Defense Technology and Privacy Advisory Committee: Joint Hearing before the Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law, and the Subcommittee on the Constitution of the Committee on the Judiciary, House of Representatives, 108-2nd, August 20, 2004, Washington: GPO, 2005,

Eric Lichtblau, “The People We Pay to Look Over Our Shoulders, The New York Times, February 22, 2010,

Student Researcher: Lori Schwarz (San Jose State University)

Faculty Evaluator: Susan Maret (San Jose State University)

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