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Authors: Mickey Huff

Censored 2012

“At a time when the need for independent journalism and for media outlets unaffiliated with and untainted by the government and corporate sponsors is greater than ever, Project Censored has created a context for reporting the complete truths in all matters that matter.… It is therefore left to us to find sources for information we can trust.… It is in this task that we are fortunate to have an ally like Project Censored.”

—Dahr Jamail

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—Amy Goodman

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—Walter Cronkite

“[
Censored
] should be affixed to the bulletin boards in every newsroom in America. And, perhaps read aloud to a few publishers and television executives.”

—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

“One of the most significant media research projects in the country.”

—I. F. Stone

“A terrific resource, especially for its directory of alternative media and organizations.… Recommended for media collections.”


Library Journal

“[Project Censored’s] efforts to continue globalizing their reporting network could not be more timely or necessary.”

—Kristina Borjesson

“A distant early warning system for society’s problems.”


American Journalism Review

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—Norman Solomon

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—Rhoda H. Karpatkin, president, Consumer’s Union

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—Greg Palast

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San Diego Review

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—Cynthia McKinney

“This volume chronicles 25 news stories about events that could affect all of us, but which we most likely did not hear or read about in the popular news media.”


Bloomsbury Review

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Creative Loafings

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Wilson Library Bulletin

Copyright ©2011 by Mickey Huff

Introduction ©2011 by Peter Phillips

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Contents
SECTION I
Censored News and Media Analysis
Chapter 1
Project Censored News Clusters and the Top Censored Stories of 2010 and 2011
by Peter Phillips, Mickey Huff, Elliot D. Cohen, Dean Walker, Andy Lee Roth, Elaine Wellin, Kristen Seraphin, Joel Evans-Fudem, Amy Ortiz, Kenn Burrows, and Tom Atlee, with additional research and editing by Trish Boreta, Bill Gibbons, Craig Cekala, Melody J. Haislip, Nolan Higdon, and Casey Goonan

CENSORED NEWS CLUSTER:
Human Costs of War and Violence
by Peter Phillips and Craig Cekala

CENSORED NEWS CLUSTER:
Social Media and Internet Freedom
by Elliot D. Cohen

CENSORED NEWS CLUSTER:
Economics and Inequality
by Dean Walker, with research assistance by Bill Gibbons
and editing by Melody J. Haislip

CENSORED NEWS CLUSTER:
Power, Abuse, and Accountability
by Andy Lee Roth

CENSORED NEWS CLUSTER:
Health and the Environment
by Elaine Wellin and Kristen Seraphin

CENSORED NEWS CLUSTER:
Women and Gender Issues
by Joel Evans-Fudem and Amy Ortiz

CENSORED NEWS CLUSTER:
Collaboration and Common Good
by Kenn Burrows and Tom Atlee

Dedicated to the first real rebel and truth teller I ever knew: my father,
Jesse Francis “Mickey” Huff (1939–2004)

and to the next generations that continue in
that same vein—Meg, Molly, and …

PREFACE
Moving Beyond Media Reform for
Censored 2012

by Mickey Huff

In the final analysis, each scholar, just like every citizen, has to take a long, hard look in the mirror and consider the following: If we act as if social change for the better is impossible, we guarantee it will be impossible. That is the long-standing human dilemma, except that in critical junctures our powers increase and the odds can swing dramatically in democracy’s favor. We hold immense power in our hands. Let’s not blow this opportunity. Let’s have a real communication revolution
.
1


ROBERT MCCHESNEY
, media scholar

Reformers who are always compromising, have not yet grasped the idea that truth is the only safe ground to stand upon
.


ELIZABETH CADY STANTON

As we approach the historically prophetic and now mass media-hyped “End of Times” year of 2012, hysterical speculation abounds. The failed prediction of a preacher in Oakland, California, who claimed the Rapture was upon us come May 21, 2011, was quite metaphoric as it exposed, yet again, how someone in American society is always able to captivate the corporate media by spinning doomsday yarns, whether it be Y2K or the upcoming 2012 end of the Mayan calendar (further manifest in the outpouring of Hollywood apocalypse films). Though, to be clear, it is not merely the entertainment media that succumb to this lowest common denominator (fear sells), it is the news media as well, in the forms of Junk Food News and News Abuse (see
chapter 3
) and relentless power elite propaganda (see the
Truth Emergency
section of this volume).

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