Censored in a brave new world

Project Censored: The top 10 big stories the major news media didn't report in 2009

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the important stories ignored by the mainstream media, according to Project Censored

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The world was a different place in 1976 when Carl Jensen, a professor of communications at Sonoma State University, founded Project Censored to highlight important national news stories that were underreported or outright ignored by the mainstream press.

Back then, there were few good alternatives to television networks or major newspapers and magazines, and stories omitted from those channels usually escaped public notice. There was no such thing as Google News, no one had ever heard of a blog, and the word "twitter" was associated with birds or gossip. So it was up to Project Censored to provide a fuller and more accurate picture of the news by delivering an annual rundown of the top 25 most significant articles that hadn't been widely distributed.

But even if the corporate media was censoring important information back then, today's highly fragmented media world has opened the floodgates to endless news and propaganda of every possible variety, leaving citizens awash in more information than they can possibly process.

The shared American narrative and agenda disappeared as the Internet boomed and newspapers shrank. While major media outlets have been consolidated into the hands of fewer corporations and the once stable media industry has been in flux, the general public has splintered into factions that seem to reside in disparate realities.

Extremism and the promotion of narrow corporate interests have gained footholds. Even on national television networks, personalities such as Glenn Beck are gaining traction by painting President Barack Obama as a dangerous radical, a Big Brother figure, or worse. Once-accepted imperatives like addressing global warming are undermined by seemingly legitimate news stories.

Yet the public is playing a bigger role than ever. Blogs abound, and nearly anyone can spark a public outcry by capturing egregious behavior on film with his or her cell phone. Thanks to a team of hackers who know a thing or two about encryption technology, WikiLeaks has emerged as a wild card of the new media landscape by cutting loose thousands of classified government documents and airing military footage never intended for a mass audience.

It's a brave new world of media consumption, but Project Censored's mission hasn't really changed. More than ever, people need help sifting through this cacophony to figure out what they truly need to know.

For 35 years, the project has distributed its Censored list nationwide to shed light on the top stories not brought to you by the mainstream press. These days, stories are submitted, researched by students, filtered through LexisNexis to determine which outlets have covered them, and then voted on by a team of judges. An international network of 30 colleges and universities contributes to the project, and volunteers from around the world submit stories for consideration. At the end of each project cycle, the work is released in a compendium.

Past judges have included luminaries such as Noam Chomsky and the late Howard Zinn, to whom Censored 2011 (Seven Stories Press, 2010) is dedicated. Even journalist Walter Cronkite publicly stated, "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."

Project Censored Director Mickey Huff, a history professor at Diablo Valley College who sports a long ponytail and a pointy beard and talks at an excited pace, uses air quotes when saying the phrase "news decisions" because his concern is censorship. But how does he define censorship?

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Check out the "Advisory Board" for the 911Truth.org website here:

http://www.911truth.org/article.php?story=20061014120445472

Check out this article by Huff and Paul Rea:

http://www.911truth.org/article.php?story=20090309170952776

Posted by Patrick Curley on Sep. 17, 2010 @ 9:16 am

Mickey Huff and Peter Phillips are really the rare individuals who reject the labels and the appeals to authority and just focus on the content. They aren't wed to any particular ideology or camp, but they ARE passionate about their project of exposing the hidden realities happening all over the world that most people never hear about.

That's why it's so important to get the Project Censored book out there, far and wide, and great that the SFBG gives them space here.

Anyone with half a brain can see that the "Truther" label -- evolved now from the Bush Administration's "Conspiracy Theorist" -- is a derogatory MSM construct to try to turn average people away from ever looking at the damning evidence that the official story of the 9/11 attacks is a lie, in many ways. From the ridiculous claims that the Pentagon could not be defended at all a full hour after NYC was hit, to the implosion of Building 7, it's obvious to anyone who spends 5 minutes looking at the evidence that a cover-up or worse has happened.

But Patrick Curley, you can bet, has never read a Project Censored book and knows nothing about what Huff and Phillips do. Like a single-celled organism, he only knows that his job is to hang an ugly label on anyone who questions the official story. His life is lived in black and white, Patriot or Truther, Commie or "American". It's a sad state to have exist in.

And since Project Censored is more complicated then ABCCBSCNNNBC, Curley rushes over screaming "Truther! Truther!", like yet another MSM moron.

Thanks to the SFBG, and Project Censored, for continuing the reject the black and white agenda of the MSM.

Posted by Reader on Sep. 18, 2010 @ 11:32 am

For more info on 9/11, have a look at these sites:

Journal of 9/11 Studies
http://www.JournalOf911Studies.com
Peer-reviewed, open-access, electronic-only journal covering research related to 9/11/2001

Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth
http://www.AE911Truth.org
Association of architects, engineers and affiliates investigating the “collapses” of the WTC high-rises on 9/11/01

9-11 Research
http://www.911Research.wtc7.net
An attempt to uncover the truth about September 11th, 2001

9-11 Review
http://www.911Review.com
A resource for understanding the 9/11/01 attack

Scholars for 9/11 Truth & Justice
http://www.stj911.org

9/11 Truth News
http://www.911TruthNews.com
Responsible news about the ongoing impact of the 9/11 attack.

9/11 Working Group of Bloomington
http://www.911WorkingGroup.org
Research group in Bloomington Indiana which includes Kevin Ryan.

Truth Action
http://www.TruthAction.org
On the Eleventh Day of Every Month, meet up and spread the word with activists in the streets of your community

Truthmove
http://www.TruthMove.org
Personal and social change through the process of truth

Visibility 9-11
http://www.Visibility911.com
Website for weekly radio program of Michael Wolsey

WTC7.net
http://www.WTC7.net
The Hidden Story of WTC Building 7

Posted by Guest on Sep. 20, 2010 @ 1:33 pm

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Posted by Guest on Sep. 23, 2010 @ 9:48 am