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Censored: Fearless Speech in Fateful Times; The Top Censored Stories and Media Analysis of 2012-13 (2014)
Huff, Mickey
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"Every year since 1976, Project Censored, our nation's oldest news-monitoring group--a university-wide project at Sonoma State University founded by Carl Jensen, directed for many years by Peter Phillips, and now under the leadership of Mickey Huff--has produced a Top-25 list of underreported news stories and a book, Censored , dedicated to the stories that ought to be top features on the nightly news, but that are missing because of media bias and self-censorship. Seven Stories Press has been publishing this yearbook since 1994, featuring the top stories listed democratically in order of importance according to an international panel of judges. Beyond the Top-25 stories, additional chapters delve further into timely media topics- The Censored News and Media Analysis section provides annual updates on Junk Food News and News Abuse, Censored Deja Vu, signs of hope in the alternative and news media, and the state of media bias and alternative coveragearound the world. In the Truth Emergency section, scholars and journalists take a critical look at the US/NATO military-industrial-media empire. And in the Project Censored International section, the meaning of media democracy wo

Author Notes

"MICKEY HUFF is the director of Project Censored and an associate professor of history and social science at Diablo Valley College. He is the co-host of the Project Censored radio show on KPFA's The Morning Mix . DR. ANDY LEE ROTH is associate direct of Project Censored and a sociologist. He serves on the Media Freedom Foundation board of directors. His research appears in the 2008&11 editions of Censored and a number of social science journals, including the Harvard International Journal of Press/ Politics ; Social Studies of Science ; Media, Culture & Society ; and Sociological Theory . He lives in Northern California with his sweetheart Liz, and two extraordinanry cats, Sasha and Ed. PROJECT CENSORED, founded in 1976 by Carl Jensen at Sonoma State University, has as its principal objective the advocacy for and protection of First Amendment rights and the freedom of information in the United States. In 2008, Project Censored received the PEN/Oakland Literary Censorship Award for the publication of Censored 2009 ."

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Publisher's Weekly Review

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. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Table of Contents

Sarah van GelderAndy Lee Roth and Mickey HuffBrian CovertJames F. TracySusan Rahman and Donna NassorTargol Mesbah and Zara ZimbardoSusan Rahman and Liliana Valdez-MaderaAndy Lee RothMickey Huff and Nolan Higdon and Andrew O'Connor-Watts and Jen Eiden and Allen Kew and Emmie Ruhland and Aaron Hudson and Rex Yang and Sam Park and Amitai Cohen and Michael Kolbe and Matthew CarhartMickey Huff and Michael Kolbe and Nolan Higdon and Sam Park and Jennifer Eiden and Kimberly SoieroMickey Huff, with contributions and Daniel Ellsberg, On Civil Courage and Josh Wolf, Journalism that Matters and William Creely. Foundation for Individual Rights in Education and Christopher M. Finan, American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression and Acacia O'Connor, National Coalition Against Censorship and Kids' Right to Read and Tony Diaz, Librotraficante and Beau Hodai, DBA Press and Sunsara Taylor. Stop Patriarchy and John Collins, The Weave and Ken Walden. What the World Could BeElliot D. CohenJames F. TracyJohn PilgerRob WilliamsPeter Phillips and Brady OsborneNicki Lisa Cole and Tara KrishnaBrian Martin MurphyJulie Andrzejewski and John C. AlessioMichael NaglerPeter PhillipsMarcia Annenberg, cover artist
Foreword: Solutions in a Time of Climate Meltdown: The Most Censored (and Indispensible) Storyp. 13
Introductionp. 25
Section I Censored News and Media Analysis
Introductionp. 35
Note on Research and Evaluation of Censored News Storiesp. 39
Chapter 1 Top 25 Censored Stories from 2012-13 and Censored News Clustersp. 41
The Topp. 25
Top 25 Story Summaries, compiled by Andy Lee Rothp. 41
1 Bradley Manning and the Failure of Corporate Mediap. 41
2 Richest Global I Percent Hide Trillions in Tax Havensp. 42
3 Trans-Pacific Partnership Threatens a Regime of Corporate Global Governancep. 43
4 Obama's War on Whistleblowersp. 44
5 Hate Groups and Antigovernment Groups on Rise across USp. 44
6 Billionaires' Rising Wealth Intensifies Poverty and Inequalityp. 46
7 Merchants of Death and Nuclear Weaponsp. 47
8 Bank Interests Inflate Global Prices by 35 to 40 Percentp. 48
9 Icelanders Vote to Include Commons in Their Constitutionp. 49
10 A "Culture of Cruelty" along Mexico-US Borderp. 50
11 Bush Blocked Iran Nuclear Dealp. 50
12 The US Has Left Iraq with an Epidemic of Cancers and Birth Defectsp. 52
13 A Fifth of Americans Go Hungryp. 53
14 Wireless Technology a Looming Health Crisisp. 54
15 Food Riots: The New Normal?p. 55
16 Journalism Under Attack Around the Globep. 56
17 The Creative Commons Celebrates Ten Years of Sharing and Cultural Creationp. 57
18 Fracking Our Food Supplyp. 57
19 The Power of Peaceful Revolution in Icelandp. 58
20 Israel Counted Minimum Calorie Needs in Gaza Blockadep. 59
21 Monsanto and India's "Suicide Economy"p. 60
22 Pennsylvania Law Gags Doctors to Protect Big Oil's "Proprietary Secrets"p. 61
23 Transaction Tax Helps Civilize Wall Street and Lower the National Debtp. 62
24 Widespread GMO Contamination: Did Monsanto Plant GMOs Before USDA Approval?p. 63
25 Israel Gave Birth Control to Ethiopian Immigrants Without Their Consentp. 63
Censored News Clusters
Whistleblowers and Gag Lawsp. 65
Plutocracy, Poverty, and Prosperityp. 85
Human Rights and Civil Libertiesp. 101
Technologies and Ecologies of Warp. 113
Health and the Environmentp. 127
Iceland, the Power of Peaceful Revolution, and the Commonsp. 143
Chapter 2 Déjà Vu: What Happened to Previous Censored Stories?p. 155
Chapter 3 Can't Touch This: Junk Food News and News Abusep. 177
Chapter 4 Media Democracy in Action: Free Press and Free Speech Advocates that Make a Difference compiledp. 207
Section II Critical Thinking, Media Literacy, and Narratives of Power
Introductionp. 249
Chapter 5 Digging Deepen Politico-Corporate Media Manipulation, Critical Thinking, and Democracyp. 251
Chapter 6 Diffusing Conspiracy Panics: On the Public Use of Reason in the Twenty-First Century Truth Emergencyp. 271
Chapter 7 Censorship That Dares Not Speak its Name: The Strange Silencing of Liberal Americap. 287
Chapter 8 Screening the Homeland: How Hollywood Fantasy Mediates State Fascism in the US of Empirep. 297
Section III Case Studies of "Unhistory" in the Making-And How to Build a Better Future
Introductionp. 311
Chapter 9 Exposing The Financial Core of the Transnational Capitalist Classp. 313
Chapter 10 Apple Exposed: The Untold Story of Globalizationp. 331
Chapter 11 The "New" American Imperialism in Africa: Secret Sahara Wars and AFRICOMp. 353
Chapter 12 The Sixth Mass Extinctionp. 365
Chapter 13 The New Story: Why We Need One and How to Create IIp. 387
Acknowledgments and Judgesp. 407
Report From The Media Freedom Foundation Presidentp. 413
How To Support Project Censoredp. 419
No News Is Good Newsp. 421
About The Editorsp. 423
Indexp. 425