|Publisher:||Seven Stories Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.72(w) x 10.88(h) x 1.19(d)|
About the Author
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, including freedom of information. In 2008, Project Censored received the PEN/Oakland Literary Censorship Award. Most recently, Project Censored received the 2014 Pillar Award in Journalism and New Media, given annually to persons of conscience, conviction, and achievement who stand up for what’s right and what’s true in the face of corporate and political intimidation. For more information, visit www.projectcensored.org.
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Here is another compendium of news stories that were under-reported (or un-reported) by the mainstream news media. Did you know that over 20,000 private companies are working with the FBI to collect and provide information on other Americans? According to a prestigious british polling group, the civilian death toll in Iraq since the 2003 invasion has topped the 1 million mark. The US Treasury Department now has the authority to seize the assets of anyone who is perceived to, directly or indirectly, threaten US operations in the Middle East (which could mean almost anyone). The American Psychological Association has been complicit in CIA torture. The No Child Left Behind Act has become a huge bonanza in the world of corporate profiteering.At least nine billion dollars in cash have been unaccounted for since the early days of the Iraq occupation. Today, there are 27 million slaves in the world, more than at any other time in world history. They are not just in the Third World, but also in the developed world. Elliot Spitzer was not removed from office because of "personal indiscretions." He was target of a Wall Street and White House operation to silence an increasingly vocal critic of their handling of what became the present financial crisis.It seems that there just was not enough air time or newspaper space for these stories, but there was abundant space for Lindsay Lohan, Brad and Angelina, Jessica Simpson, Alec Baldwin and David Hasselhoff. This book also explores the media coverage of the Military Commissions Act, healthcare and the 2008 campaign, American media bias against the lawfully elected Hamas Government in Gaza, the marketing of Gardasil as a "cure" for cancer, when it really isn¿t, Winter Soldier and the Pentagon¿s targeting of young people (including children).This is an excellent book that shows just how "dumbed down" American news media has become. It is eye-opening reading and is highly recommended.
The premise of the book, that media focuses on fluff over substance, has promise. However after reading the stories and looking more in depth at many of them I came away with the understanding that although the mainstream media may not place emphasis on many of these stories, it is probably for good reasons.The authors promote conspiracy theories such as the 9/11 attacks being an inside job by the US Government, its not surprising that the MSM didn¿t report much on that. They also rely on unsubstantiated facts to support their opinions and the documentation is horrendous. For example they have an interesting story on Worldwide Slavery, a deeper look at this subject shows that either many web sites are copying the Censored book or Censored copied without attribution from other web sites. Dozens of web sites say exactly the same thing and it is impossible to find the original. Further research finds that they have chosen the worst case projections to emphasize the problem. Reputable academic and government agencies place the scope of the problem at a much smaller level. The problem of slavery is horrendous at any level, it only hurts the story to cherry pick data and show the worst case scenarios. In general I found the research to be sloppy and the conclusions poorly made.