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Based on the work of Project Censored, the national media research project, 20 Years of Censored News reveals, year by year, the top censored news stories from 1976 to 1995. Of the 200 stories presented, less than 25 percent ever received sustained attention in the mainstream press. A disturbing report card of the media's long-term performance, 20 Years of Censored News provides rigorous documentation of the national news media's failure to keep the public informed.
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Based on the work of Project Censored, the national media research project, 20 Years of Censored News reveals, year by year, the top censored news stories from 1976 to 1995. Of the 200 stories presented, less than 25 percent ever received sustained attention in the mainstream press. A disturbing report card of the media's long-term performance, 20 Years of Censored News provides rigorous documentation of the national news media's failure to keep the public informed.
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As a professor of communications studies at Sonoma State University in California, Jensen CensoredThe News That Didn't Make the News and Why, 1900-1996 founded Project Censored, a media research project that has drawn as judges the likes of Noam Chomsky, Hugh Downs, Jessica Mitford and Bill Moyers. In this examination of print and electronic news coverage from 1976 through 1996, each chapter opens with the Associated Press's list of the 10 most important stories of the year, followed by Project Censored's list of the 10 most significant stories ignored by the mainstream media. The book contends, for example, that during 1994 "the news media flooded America with O.J. Simpson sensationalism," while a host of domestic issues were overlooked e.g., the EPA's retreat on the ozone crisis, the resurgence of TB. The text demonstrates a pattern of media outlets wary of offending large corporations, of government agencies withholding or distorting stories and of a military causing more environmental pollution than the corporate offenders. Parenti controversially charges in his introduction, "Media bias... [favors] management over labor, corporations over corporate critics, affluent whites over inner-city poor, officialdom over protesters." The text is supplemented by stinging and witty cartoons by Tom Tomorrow. Dec.
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Jensen (communication studies, emeritus, Sonoma State U. and former director of Project Censored) harshly criticizes the national news media's failure to keep the public informed, analyzing 20 of the most compelling news stories of the past two decades which were only cursorily covered, if not ignored. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781888363517
  • Publisher: Seven Stories Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2004
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.78 (w) x 8.75 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Meet the Author

DR. CARL JENSEN is a professor emeritus of Sociology and Communications Studies at Sonoma State University in California and the author of Censored-The News That Didn't Make the News and Why from 1976 to 1996, and 20 Years of Censored News, in 1997. He founded Project Censored, the internationally recognized media research project, in 1976.
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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments 9
Introduction: "Methods of Media Manipulation" 27
Ch. 1 1976: The Peanut Farmer and the Trilateral Commission 33
Ch. 2 1977: The Lack of Black Progress vs. the Weather 47
Ch. 3 1978: The Continuing Cover-up of the Hazards of Nuclear Power 61
Ch. 4 1979: Media Ignore the Corporate Crime of the Century 77
Ch. 5 1980: Biased Coverage of Central American Problems 91
Ch. 6 1981: The True Causes of American Economic Problems 107
Ch. 7 1982: Fraudulent Safety Tests Deceive the American People 123
Ch. 8 1983: Two Ways to Look at International Events 139
Ch. 9 1984: Orwell's 1984 Ignored by the Media 153
Ch. 10 1985: International Terrorism vs. U.S. Terrorism 169
Ch. 11 1986: U.S. Spies on its Own Citizens 185
Ch. 12 1987: Information Monopoly Limits Public Access 201
Ch. 13 1988: Another Censored Presidential Election 217
Ch. 14 1989: Global Media Lords Control World Media 231
Ch. 15 1990: Truth is the First Casualty of War 247
Ch. 16 1991: Two Top TV Networks Censor Iraq Bomb Devastation 261
Ch. 17 1992: The Clinton-Bush Media Horse Race 275
Ch. 18 1993: A Natural Disaster vs. 12 Million Hungry Children 289
Ch. 19 1994: First Year of the O.J. Simpson Phenomenon 305
Ch. 20 1995: The Untold Problem with Telecommunications Deregulation 319
Index 335
About the Author 351
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2003

    This book is worth it's weight in gold!

    For the conspiracy theorist, or just the curious, 20 years of censored news has it all. You will find yourself on an extraordinary journey through the muck and grime of world news. Now we KNOW that we cannot trust the government. A must read for anyone who wants to get their head out of the sand.

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