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Censored 2012: The Top 25 Censored Stories of 2010-11 [Kindle Edition]

Mickey Huff
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Book Description

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 students, faculty, and a national panel of judges. Each of the top stories is presented at length, alongside updates from the investigative reporters who broke the stories. 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 Déjà Vu, signs of hope in the alternative and news media, and the state of media bias and alternative coverage around 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 worldwide is explored in close association with Project Censored affiliates in universities and at media organizations all over the world. A perennial favorite of booksellers, teachers, and readers everywhere, Censored is one of the strongest life signs of our current collective desire to get the news we citizens need—despite what Big Media tells us.

Editorial Reviews


"Read this book, it will make you angry and then it will energize you to take on a significant societal problem in the New Year." --Ralph Nader
"[Censored] offers devastating evidence of the dumbing-down of mainstream news in America. . . . Required reading for broadcasters, journalists and well-informed citizens." --Los Angeles Times
"For the smart and courageous news manager, this annual report is a virtual road map for the coming year's news schedule." --Village Voice
"Buy it, read it, act on it. Our future depends on the knowledge this collection of suppressed stories allows us." --San Diego Review
"A distant early warning system for society’s problems." --American Journalism Review

About the Author

MICKEY HUFF is the director of Project Censored and an associate professor of history and social science at Diablo Valley College. 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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  • File Size: 4100 KB
  • Print Length: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Seven Stories Press; Original edition (October 4, 2011)
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  • Language: English
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing October 17, 2011
I have been into Project Censored for a little less than a year now, and Censored 2012 is even better than Censored 2011. The only part I did not like about 2011 was the 9-11-01 conspiracy theory about the explosives in World Trade Center 7. For that reason, 2012 beats out 2011 just by a hair.

In my view, one cannot be truly media literate without reading Project Censored. They teach us all about propaganda, junk food news, and the political economy of mass media like no others; drawing off of written works by Aldous Huxley, Neil Postman, Edward Hermans, and many others. Never again will you interpret the media messages you consume the same way after you read the work of Project Censored.

Onto Censored 2012 itself, let us take a look:

Section 1- Censored News and Media Analysis.
Each yearly book features a collection of the top 25 censored stories from the previous two years. In this case, from 2010 to 2011. The highlights in this issue are the censored stories involving human costs of war and violence. Drawing off of an article from Truthdig by one of my favorite writers, Chris Hedges, Project Censored's student researchers reveal more American soldiers committed suicide than died in combat. I found this very disturbing, but it reveals more of the disgraceful ways the U.S. Department of Defense treats its own soldiers. In Censored 2011, research revealed the U.S. Department of Defense is the biggest polluter in the world. For an update, 2012 tells us the U.S. military has been poisoning Libyans, in addition to Iraqis, with its Radioactive Depleted Uranium.

Section 1 also has an article on the private prison companies that have been fueling anti-immigrant legislation. This is the only drawback to the book. That was not a censored story at all.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing information November 30, 2011
"Censorship of the True State of Maternity Care in the US" was the most informative article for me. It should be required reading for every woman who is pregnant or even thinking about becoming pregnant. On the whole, the book presents information that I wouldn't have been aware of otherwise. It helps me to have a greater understanding of the underlying context of issues that are presented in the superficial "news" of the day.
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5.0 out of 5 stars All great truths begin as blasphemies (G.B. Shaw) January 25, 2012
In his introduction to this most important sourcebook, P. Phillips draws a gloomy picture of world affairs run by a military-industrial-media complex, an international concentration of wealth and military power with the corporate media as its information control wing. This complex endangers `not only the personal freedoms and life chances of billions of people, but the potential for life on earth simply to exist. The ultimate result of its policies could be `a freedomless State of global corporate fascism.'

The top censored stories in this book are presented in clusters. Hereafter their titles and some important issues:
Human Costs of War and Violence: "More US Soldiers Committed Suicide than Died in Combat', `Obama Authorizes International Assassination Campaign' and `Extension of Depleted Uranium Weapons to Libya.'
Social Media and Internet Freedom: `US Military Manipulates the Social Media' to spread military propaganda, and `Google Spying?' through the illegal collection of personal data.
Economics and Inequality: `Global Food Crisis Expands' and `Real Unemployment One out of Five in US.'
Power, Abuse and Accountability: `Government Sponsored Technology for Weather Modification', `Oxfam Exposes how Aid is Used for Politically Purposes' and `Will State Emergency be Used to Supersede our Constitution?'
Health and Environment: `The Fairy Tale of Clear and Safe Nuclear Power', `Pacific (Ocean) Garbage Dump' and `Superbug Bacteria Spreading Worldwide.'
Women and Gender Issues: `Trafficking of Iraqi Women Rampant.'
Collaboration and Common Good: `Participatory Budgeting: A Method to Empower Local Citizens and Communities' against the dominant commercial culture.
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3.0 out of 5 stars great stories December 25, 2013
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Sad to learn about so many stories that mainstream media avoids thorough reporting on. This book covers very important issues. Must read to keep informed.
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There appeared to be lots of good information in the book. However, the authors are guilty of trying to cover too much.

I read a number of chapters of this compilation, but did not finish it. While each chapter has a theme, I found the content was jammed together in a somewhat incoherent fashion. There are a number of sub-stories jammed into each chapter, none of which is really treated in full detail.

In particular, I found the transitions between these sub-stories often confusing. I'd be reading along and suddenly without any sort of indication that there was going to be a complete switch of gears, the chapter text would be talking about something else. In a few cases not only the transitions between the sub-stories was so sudden and jarring that it wasn't just switching gears (without using the clutch), but more like jumping from one moving vehicle to another.

It's too bad that the material was made inaccessible by the presentation.
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