Censored 2012: The Top Censored Stories and Media Analysis by Mickey Huff, Project Censored

By Mickey Huff, Project Censored

Each year seeing that 1976, undertaking Censored, our nation’s oldest news-monitoring group—a university-wide venture at Sonoma nation collage based via Carl Jensen, directed for a few years through Peter Phillips, and now less than the management of Mickey Huff—has produced a Top-25 checklist of underreported information tales and a ebook, Censored, devoted to the tales that should be best positive aspects at the nightly information, yet which are lacking as a result of media bias and self-censorship. Seven tales Press has been publishing this yearbook considering 1994, that includes the head tales indexed democratically so as of significance in response to scholars, college, and a countrywide panel of judges. all the best tales is gifted at size, along updates from the investigative journalists who broke the tales. past the Top-25 tales, extra chapters delve additional into well timed media subject matters: The Censored information and Media research part presents annual updates on Junk nutrients information and information Abuse, Censored Déjà Vu, indicators of wish within the substitute and information media, and the nation of media bias and substitute insurance world wide. within the fact Emergency part, students and reporters take a severe examine the US/NATO military-industrial-media empire. And within the undertaking Censored overseas part, the that means of media democracy world wide is explored in shut organization with venture Censored associates in universities and at media agencies worldwide. A perennial favourite of booksellers, lecturers, and readers in all places, Censored is likely one of the most powerful lifestyles indicators of our present collective wish to get the inside track we voters need—despite what great Media tells us.

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Also documented in Censored 2012 are the very human efforts around the world to counter the empire of destruction. There are movements to ban plastic bags, protect the environment, develop local banks, and establish community-based budgeting, as well as many other efforts to protect the commons and encourage collaborations. The democracy movements of young people in the Middle East, Greece, and Spain are inspiring other attempts to counter the empire of destruction. These social movements in resistance to power, crossing ideological lines, are a manifestation of grassroots radical democracy.

Chris Hedges and Cord Jefferson raise the issue of the human costs of the 9/11 empire wars. Peter Dale Scott and Allen Roland astound us with documentation regarding the preparation for marshal law and military control in the US. Tim Reid and Michael Evans document the worldwide deep penetration of empire forces deployed in seventy-five countries. Tina Mather, Kimberly Daniels, and Shannon Pence disclose the systemic waste of food by corporate capitalism. Nick Fielding, Ian Cobain, Darlene Storm, and Stephen Webster warn of the immediate penetration of empire enforcers into cyberspace for propaganda control.

Both the previous works paid lip service to McChesney, Herman, and Chomsky, towering figures in the field of media criticism to be sure, but only on one or two pages of their overall analysis which, again, called for subtle changes in the current media system regarding journalism. , which are hardly revolutionary, have not been adopted in the corporate media. Perhaps this is why McChesney, Chomsky, and others in similar fashion are framed as “radical” (read “untenable” if one is in the establishment media or academia), even though much of what they put forward is either merely a deconstruction of the current free press problem in America, or a solution that utilizes current existing models of journalism, including government subsidization, which has proven to be quite tepid in its implementation due to the overarching problems of the for-profit, privatized philosophical tyranny that exists in what passes for American discourse.

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