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Censored 2005: The Top 25 Censored Stories (Censored: The News That Didn't Make the News -- The Year's Top 25 Censored Stories) Paperback – September 7, 2004
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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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I find myself wondering why these kinds of stories don't make it. There is a suspicion on the parts of the editors that there is a conspiracy to prevent these news items from being shown. On the other hand, they are dull compared with the latest splatters of blood on the ground from an explosing in Iraq, Israel, or where ever. There's an old saying, if it bleeds it leads. Certainly as Peter Philips says in the Preface, the news is being Dumbed Down. The race for ratings points has taken over from the idea of supplying the news that's needed to make a democracy work. The news is certainly covering the politicians as this is a Presidential election year. But the politicians are just attacking each other, not saying at all what they would do themselves that's different, or saying that they have a plan which they then don't discuss.
After the 25 big stories, there are 14 chapters on updating stories from the previous years, or on stores requiring more in depth treatment.
You don't learn what's happening until the books come out, and this is one of the key book.
The once great esteemed American media/press has been degraded to jibber-jabber. Entertainment has become critical "news". There is hardly anymore investigative reporting, just many reporters offering opinions (aka "pundits"), and everything is just "spin", depending on what side of the political spectrum your views happen to land on.
This is the crux of "Project Censored 2005". This book offers the top 25 underreported stories of 2004, that would vastly improve an average American's understanding of the world if they were reported properly. Many of these stories are backed up by numerous references galore so anyone can follow up on these stories. The scariest parts of the book deal with corporate consolidation (monopoly) of media and Junk News/ News Abuse. When you read these sections, you will begin to wonder if America really has "free press".
Example: In June 5, 2005's edition of NYC's Daily News, the one year wedding anniversary of Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony made page 2 headlines, while the murder of a 9 year old girl was pushed to page 4. Also,the devastating tsunami that struck south Asia was quickly pushed aside for the earth-shattering divorce of Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston. CNN, FOX and countless other major news channels covered this extensively. Instead of focusing on the genocide of Sudan, Paris Hilton's engagement ring made front page news. The War on Terror? Bah!!!! American Idol gets more coverage. Depleted Uranium used in the military getting much press? No way!!! Instead, the media would have you believe that Angelina Jolie's and Brad Pitt's getaway to Kenya is waaaaay more newsworthy (what's with all this Brad Pitt attention anyway? He's okay looking and all, but give us a break already!). Essence magazine was just purchased by Time Warner. When you read which corporations own which media (from books to music, to magazines to radio stations to TV and cable channels) you will be stunned at what few corporations own basically the majority of American press. Big Brother much?
Project Censored delves into these issues and insists that there needs to be huge overhaul of American media, for a society's press basically reflects the society...when a country's press becomes empty, ridiculous, frivolous, and all "spin" what does that say about the society? When entertainment becomes news worthy, American society is headed towards trouble.
Some people suggest this book is "liberal spin". But I ask anyone, from the few examples I gave above, do you really think this is spin or the cold-hard truth. Watch and read news magazines and papers and I dare you say otherwise.
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