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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Seven Stories Press (April 4, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583220232
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583220238
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,681,205 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Censored 1996: The News That Didn't Make The News -- And Why covers the important stories you won't find in your newspaper or on the evening news. Cited in past years as a tip sheet for television expose shows, Censored 1996 is investigative journalism at work. Readers will learn how telecommunications deregulation is closing up America's "marketplace of ideas", why the budget doesn't have to be balanced on the backs of th poor, how child labor in the U. S. is worse today than during the 1930s, the truth about the privatization of the Internet, the billions that are being spent to add bang to nukes, Newt Gingrich's radical plan to gut the FDA, Russia's policy of injecting nuclear waste into the earth, the annual cost of medical fraud, the ozone-killing pesticide the U. S. chemical industry is fighting for, what the effect of NAFTA has really been so far. In addition to the top 25 censored stories, Censored 1996 features censored stories from past years that have since received mainstream media coverage, what the oceans of ink for "junk food news" covered at the expense of real news, an eclectic chronology of censorship since 605 B. C. , top censored books of the year, a censored resource guide of alternative media and organizations active in censorship issues, publishing outlets for the underexposed, and unexpurgated reprints of the Top Ten censored stories. Censored 1996 is an amazing eye-opener for those interested in journalism, political science, and the media. Highly recommended! -- Midwest Book Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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PROJECT CENSORED, founded in 1976 by Carl Jensen, 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. For more information, visit www.projectcensored.org.
PETER PHILLIPS, director emeritus of Project Censored and president of the Media Freedom Foundation, is an associate professor of sociology at Sonoma State University. He is known for his op-ed pieces in the alternative press and independent newspapers nationwide, such as Z Magazine and Social Policy. He is also the winner of the 2009 Dallas Smythe Award, presented by the Union for Democratic Communication.

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By John Carmitchel on April 2, 2000
Format: Paperback
The title of the book is Censored 2000, and the idea is good. One of the books is done every year--it tells of the stories the media prefers you don't know, shows a side to the news seldom seen, showing how the mindless time used for uplifting yet mindless stories about getting some cat out of a tree could be better used to show the facts of the Abu-Jamal case or something more controversial. It makes you think back to those nights you turned the news off with a disgusted sigh, saying, "There's no news." And whether you approve or disapprove of the stories, whether something tugs at you, saying This Couldn't Be...no matter how many times you are positive the book is a heap of lies...it makes you think about truth, the monopoly that may exist in the media. It can do what many other books try in vain to do and miss...it will make you think. And that is the greatest revelation your mind can receive. The book also contains an intro by Mumia Abu-Jamal, a black journalist who was convicted of killing a Philadelphian policeman, though much evidence shows this not to be true. Just reading the introduction makes the book completely worth any money you fork over for it.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By doomsdayer520 HALL OF FAME on August 8, 2001
Format: Paperback
I've read several of these annual Project Censored books, and each time I have become more and more disillusioned with the weaknesses of the mainstream news media. The ever-growing corporate control of the network/cable news and newspapers has encouraged several reviewers of this book to cite conspiracy theories and yell out cheesy, predictable slogans like "take the power back!" and assume it's the end of the world. I won't go that far, but the fact that a shrinking number of corporations control a large percentage of the mainstream media, as amply illustrated in this book, is indeed a disturbing trend. I now believe very little of what I see on the TV news, without taking it with a very large grain of salt. The fact that many of the top 25 "censored" stories in this book are based on coverups of corporate lawbreaking or unethical behavior is very telling. The mainstream news has become a vehicle for corporate profits, and any journalistic scoops that could possibly threaten these profits are impossible to find on the TV news.
Some good features of this book are the intros by Walter Cronkite and Mumia Abu-Jamal, and the use of one of my favorite comic strips, "This Modern World" by Tom Tomorrow. Some of the essays by various media watchdogs and analysts are fascinating as well. But this book does have some drawbacks though, including a repetitive condemnation of the mainstream news organizations (you can say it a few times, but a million times is tedious), and there's an annoyingly long write-up of a corporate-backed police crackdown on an independent radio station in Pacifica, California. The Project Censored series overall would benefit from some more focus and less proselytizing. But it's not too hard to avoid those weaknesses and focus on the censored stories, which are mostly worth worrying about. And it's not just a leftist rant, either.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 1, 2000
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This book outlines the stories that didn't, but should have, made the news. Very informative! Finishing this book has made me even more 'curious' about the daily written, TV and radio news.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 1, 2000
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This yearbook of sorts is a must read for anyone interested in staying abreast of the important world happenings that don't quite get the coverage they deserve, if any, by mainstream media sources. This year's edition upholds the tradition of this great series by being as informative, provocative, and highly readable as any of the previous years' editions. I was also happy to find that Project Censored has continued to include the inciteful and twistedly entertaining comics of Tom Tomorrow .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Luc REYNAERT on March 13, 2005
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Apart from its historical interest, this book should be read for its excellent 'Eclectic Chronology of Censorship from 605 B.C. to 1995'.
The list starts with Jehoiakim, king of Judah, who burns Jeremiah's prophesies which he had ordered himself! It goes over the Zapruder film (still censored) to the Telecommunications Deregulation Bill (TDB) of 1995.

It is a long list of interventions by the moral establishment, against women (e.g. birth control), nudity or Darwinism, and for the protection of its own socio-economic interests.
As the book states: 'Censorship is a tool of a powerful elite which attempts to control society through the manipulation of thought, speech and all other forms of expression.'
The TDB opened the way for mega-mediamonopolies, for which 'maximizing profits and broadcasting junk food news' stand for information of the public.

The first phrase of Fred Friendly's book 'Due to Circumstances Beyond our Control': 'What the American people don't know can kill them' is still shocking but all too real.

This book contains an excellent index and is a must read for all democrats.
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this book is an excelent, well researched, well written insight into the events that one would never learn of from any other source.its comics by tom tomorrow are also very intreguiging. i woulkd reccomend this to anyone who want to discover the truth in todays media-driven soceity.
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