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Project Censored: The top 10 big stories the major news media didn't report in 2009

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the important stories ignored by the mainstream media, according to Project Censored

"There are many factors afoot that prevent stories from getting reported," he says. "What we're saying is that anything that interferes with a free flow of information is censorship. It's not the blacking out of a story, it's the framing of a story. It's the angle. It's what views are being left out. In old school 'objective journalism'<0x2009>" — air quotes — "you're supposed to get both sides of the story. Yeah, well, sometimes there are six sides."

The preface to Censored 2011 offers a harsh critique of mainstream news. "In America, unsubstantiated opinions, rumors, and gossip surrounding important issues masquerade as real news," it states. "We live in a propaganda culture where factual information is routinely censored by degree."

To be sure, public relations outfits and staged press events routinely influence the content of the daily news, and media watchdog groups often spotlight the fiction or egregious bias that finds its way onto the airwaves. Yet in a culture where truth is so often mangled and information so scattered — and the state of politics and the economy so frightening — both sides of the political spectrum have moved toward the fringes. And thumbing through Censored 2011, one wonders if Project Censored itself has wandered into uncharted territory.

Huff and former Project Censored director Peter Phillips recently coauthored an op-ed exploring the concept of State Crimes Against Democracy (SCADs), hoping to publish it through the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), a progressive think tank based in Washington, D.C. To their dismay, IPS rejected it. Huff found the decision cruelly ironic — he felt he'd been censored.

Chapters 6 and 7 of Censored 2011 also delve into SCADs — a construct that seeks to buck the "conspiracy theory" label in favor of a more sophisticated framework. They are defined as "concerted actions or inactions by government insiders intended to manipulate democratic processes." The introduction to the book alludes to those chapters as "beyond urgent," and Kristina Borjesson equates a lack of mainstream media coverage of questions surrounding 9/11 — perhaps the mother of all SCADs, from the 9/11 Truth Movement's perspective — as censorship.

Huff and Phillips noted that they are not part of the so-called 9/11 Truth Movement, arguing that urging mainstream coverage of that particular set of questions is just a small piece of their wider body of work. There are signs, however, that returning to that particular topic over the past several years has harmed some people's perceptions of the project.

One person familiar with Project Censored noted that at least two former judges had parted ways over "the 9/11 fixation ... a really weak link in the entire operation. It rearranges atomized factoids into theories." Yet the project should still be viewed as valuable and relevant, this person added.

"There is absolutely no question that they've done extremely important work over the years," noted Reese Erlich, a prominent journalist who has covered the Iraq war and won awards from Project Censored for his work in the past. "The mainstream media in this country are failing to report all kinds of issues." Yet Erlich turns a critical eye onto the so-called 9/11 Truth narrative. "My biggest gripe is that by complaining there is a conspiracy ... you take away from the ability of people to make positive change," he noted. "It gives them all the power, and the people have none of the power."

It's clear that Project Censored is sensitive to the "conspiracy theorist" label, and as champions of free speech, the directors aren't shy about addressing it head-on. The first item on the Investigative Research section of its website, for example, is a nearly 10,000-word article titled "Analysis of Project Censored: Are We A Left-Leaning, Conspiracy-Oriented Organization?"

Comments

Check out the "Advisory Board" for the 911Truth.org website here:

http://www.911truth.org/article.php?story=20061014120445472

Check out this article by Huff and Paul Rea:

http://www.911truth.org/article.php?story=20090309170952776

Posted by Patrick Curley on Sep. 17, 2010 @ 9:16 am

Mickey Huff and Peter Phillips are really the rare individuals who reject the labels and the appeals to authority and just focus on the content. They aren't wed to any particular ideology or camp, but they ARE passionate about their project of exposing the hidden realities happening all over the world that most people never hear about.

That's why it's so important to get the Project Censored book out there, far and wide, and great that the SFBG gives them space here.

Anyone with half a brain can see that the "Truther" label -- evolved now from the Bush Administration's "Conspiracy Theorist" -- is a derogatory MSM construct to try to turn average people away from ever looking at the damning evidence that the official story of the 9/11 attacks is a lie, in many ways. From the ridiculous claims that the Pentagon could not be defended at all a full hour after NYC was hit, to the implosion of Building 7, it's obvious to anyone who spends 5 minutes looking at the evidence that a cover-up or worse has happened.

But Patrick Curley, you can bet, has never read a Project Censored book and knows nothing about what Huff and Phillips do. Like a single-celled organism, he only knows that his job is to hang an ugly label on anyone who questions the official story. His life is lived in black and white, Patriot or Truther, Commie or "American". It's a sad state to have exist in.

And since Project Censored is more complicated then ABCCBSCNNNBC, Curley rushes over screaming "Truther! Truther!", like yet another MSM moron.

Thanks to the SFBG, and Project Censored, for continuing the reject the black and white agenda of the MSM.

Posted by Reader on Sep. 18, 2010 @ 11:32 am

For more info on 9/11, have a look at these sites:

Journal of 9/11 Studies
http://www.JournalOf911Studies.com
Peer-reviewed, open-access, electronic-only journal covering research related to 9/11/2001

Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth
http://www.AE911Truth.org
Association of architects, engineers and affiliates investigating the “collapses” of the WTC high-rises on 9/11/01

9-11 Research
http://www.911Research.wtc7.net
An attempt to uncover the truth about September 11th, 2001

9-11 Review
http://www.911Review.com
A resource for understanding the 9/11/01 attack

Scholars for 9/11 Truth & Justice
http://www.stj911.org

9/11 Truth News
http://www.911TruthNews.com
Responsible news about the ongoing impact of the 9/11 attack.

9/11 Working Group of Bloomington
http://www.911WorkingGroup.org
Research group in Bloomington Indiana which includes Kevin Ryan.

Truth Action
http://www.TruthAction.org
On the Eleventh Day of Every Month, meet up and spread the word with activists in the streets of your community

Truthmove
http://www.TruthMove.org
Personal and social change through the process of truth

Visibility 9-11
http://www.Visibility911.com
Website for weekly radio program of Michael Wolsey

WTC7.net
http://www.WTC7.net
The Hidden Story of WTC Building 7

Posted by Guest on Sep. 20, 2010 @ 1:33 pm

My favorites are 911blogger.com, wtc7.net, 911truth.tk.

Posted by Guest on Sep. 23, 2010 @ 9:48 am

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