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Censored 2005: The Top 25 Censored Stories Paperback – September 7, 2004
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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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I also love much of the ancillary material, particularly the listing which companies belong to the five largest media groups in the world. Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation owns Fox TV but did you know that it also owns TV Guide and all HarperCollins book imprints? TimeWarner owns a huge number of media outlets including all the Turner stations (CNN, TBS, TNT, etc), more music labels than I knew existed (Atlantic, Elektra/Sire, Rhino, etc.), and several non-TimeLife publishers (Little Brown, Sunset Books, Leisure Arts, etc.)
I'm always interested to read follow-ups of past stories, updating the status of legal cases and other information. I give this five stars because I think the stories in here are all vitally important, easily readable and easy to digest.
Alas, since this is a group project, once again the Project Censored team has included their great findings in a disappointingly inconsistent book. Not to mention the frequent typos and other signs of poor technical editing, this book is often sunk by self-righteousness from the very same journalists who have courageously brought the under-reported stories to light. These original reporters, writing their own follow-ups and investigative reports here, usually complain about how the mainstream press and general public continue to ignore their work - complaints that are tiresome and unnecessary, because since we're reading this book we're already completely aware of the problem. One low point is "Lifestyles of the Rich and Oligopolistic" in which Stephanie Dyer ruins an expose on the boards of directors of media giants by complaining about how individual directors don't share her personal politics.Read more ›
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?Read more ›
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CENSORED 2005, like others of the series, reveal in sobering detail how much of the news we see is distorted, filtered and corrupted before it reaches us. Read morePublished on October 16, 2005 by James M. Ennes
Hey, these are the people who claim 9/11 was some secret plot of Bush, Cheney, Halliburton, Exxon, blah, blah, blah
What's amusing is that as you read this book you can... Read more
As someone who is constantly reading periodicals, newspapers, and websites; searching for the REAL story of what's going on in the U.S. Read morePublished on February 25, 2005 by Pearse O'Sullivan
Pure garbage. The reason these stories were not distributed to the major press is that they are not worth the paper they were printed on.
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Despite living in a country founded on the ideals of "free speech", people are silenced when their opinion/commentary/etc. Read morePublished on October 10, 2004 by J. Geele