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“There are no important media outlets in the U.S. that are not owned or controlled by Jews.”

— Israel Shamir
Russian-Israeli journalist
in his article “Midas Ears”

Note: Israel Shamir is a decent, conscientious man.
His statement is meant not as an ethnocentric boast,
but as a wake-up call.

Freedom of The Press!
(for those who OWN the press)
Freedom to Lie, to Distort, to Ignore, to Censor...

bookcover shows a man with a dismayed look on his face as he reads a newspaper - or what's left of it. The paper is full of neatly cut rectangular holes, having had half the articles censored out of it. Censored 2000:
The Year’s Top 25 Censored Stories

by Peter Phillips & Project Censored
Introduction by Mumia Abu-Jamal
Cartoons by Tom Tomorrow
Seven Stories Press; ISBN 1-58322-034-8

From leftbooks.com:

Censored 2000, a collection of the top 25 censored or underreported news stories of 1999, stands in stark contrast to what you see on the nightly news or read in newspapers. With the deteriorating quality of news reporting, the downsizing of newsrooms and the struggle against media conglomerates, the importance of this acclaimed media resource grows.

Censored 2000 features an outstanding lineup of media scholars and guest writers including: Robert McChesney, Michael Parenti, Janine Jackson, Nancy Kranich, Norman Solomon, Carl Jensen, Dennis Bernstein, Danny Schechter, Robin Anderson, Justin Lewis and Charles Klotzer. Introduction by Mumia Abu Jamal.

See also:

Censored 2000
Top 25 Censored Media Stories of 1999

Censored 2001
Top 25 Censored Media Stories of 2000

Censored 2003
Top 25 Censored Stories of 2001-2002


“[Project Censored is] one of the most significant media research projects in the country.”

— I. F. Stone

“[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
in The Oklahoma Observer

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

American Journalism Review

Over 85,000 copies of Censored annuals sold. (as of 2000)

Twice Winner of a “Firecracker Alternative Book (FAB) Award”

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“The Essential Issue raised by [Project Censored] is the failure of the mass media to provide the people with all the information they need to make informed decisions concerning their own lives and in the voting booth.”

Censored 2000: The Top 25 Censored Media Stories of 1999

“For twenty-four years, Project Censored has been compiling a list of the top 25 undercovered news stories in the United States.

“The most under-covered censored news stories for 1999 have .... an emphasis on untold stories of Kosovo (6, 10, 12, 20, 22), foreign policy (5, 17, 21, 23), and international corporate power abuse (1, 13).

“Emerging this year are a number of stories on the mainstream media itself (7, 14, 16). With the advancement of spin techniques, mainstream media now tends to place emphasis on particular perspectives of news stories to enhance their entertainment value. In some cases, today’s media may also be deliberately spinning stories for their own political/commercial purposes.”

The censored newstories of 1999 voted most important by Project Censored:

  1. Multinational Corporations Profit from International Brutality

  2. Pharmaceutical Companies Put Profits Before Need

  3. Financially Bloated American Cancer Society Fails to Prevent Cancer

  4. American Sweatshops Sew U.S. Military Uniforms

  5. Turkey Destroys Kurdish Villages with U.S. Weapons

  6. NATO Defends Private Economic Interests in the Balkans

  7. U.S. Media Reduces Foreign Coverage

  8. Planned Weapons in Space Violate International Treaty

  9. Louisiana Promotes Toxic Racism

  10. The U.S. and NATO Deliberately Started the War with Yugoslavia

Some of the other major newstories censored by the mainstream “news” media in 1999:

  1. Evidence indicates no pre-war genocide in Kosovo and possible U.S./KLA plot to create disinformation

  2. U.S. media ignores humanitarian aspects of famine in Korea

  3. IMF and World Bank contributed to economic tensions in the Balkans

  4. US and Germany trained and developed the KLA

  5. U.S. nuclear weapons controlled by unstable personnel

  6. U.S. military trains soldiers to kill and eat tame animals

    (Now if only someone would train soldiers to kill and eat their officers — that is, before they can reproduce — we’d begin to see some real improvement in human genetic standards.)

Media Beat

“Media Beat is the insightful weekly syndicated column on media and politics written by FAIR associate Norman Solomon. It runs in newspapers across the country.

Utne Reader called Solomon one of ‘the fiercest and most articulate media critics around.’ A Los Angeles Times reviewer wrote: ‘The bold, muckraking tone of these columns offers a welcome respite from the decerebrated discourse that too often passes for contemporary journalism.’”

Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting — FAIR

“FAIR, the national media watch group, has been offering well-documented criticism of media bias and censorship since 1986. We work to invigorate the First Amendment by advocating for greater diversity in the press and by scrutinizing media practices that marginalize public interest, minority and dissenting viewpoints.

“As an anti-censorship organization, we expose neglected news stories and defend working journalists when they are muzzled. As a progressive group, FAIR believes that structural reform is ultimately needed to break up the dominant media conglomerates, establish independent public broadcasting and promote strong non-profit sources of information.”

Related books

War, Lies & Videotape:
How media monopoly stifles truth
edited by Lenora Foerstel; multiple authors

The Habits of Highly Deceptive Media:
Decoding Spin and Lies in Mainstream News
by Norman Solomon

Inventing Reality:
The Politics of News Media
by Michael Parenti

Manufacturing Consent:
The Political Economy of the Mass Media
by Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky

Pirates and Emperors, Old and New:
International Terrorism in the Real World
by Noam Chomsky

Corporate Media and the Threat to Democracy
by Robert W. McChesney

Body of Secrets:
Anatomy of the Ultra-Secret National Security Agency
by James Bamford

In 1962, U.S. military leaders had a top-secret plan for committing terrorist attacks on Americans in Miami and Washington D.C., while blaming Cuba. Codenamed “Operation Northwoods”, the plan was intended to provide the propaganda necessary to create popular support for an invasion of Cuba.

The Decline and Fall of the American Empire
by Gore Vidal

Blackshirts and Reds:
Rational Fascism and the Overthrow of Communism
by Michael Parenti

The Beast Reawakens
by Martin A. Lee

To Kill A Nation:
The Attack on Yugoslavia
by Michael Parenti

Hidden Agenda:
U.S./NATO Takeover of Yugoslavia
by Ramsey Clark, Nadja Tesich, Michel Chossudovsky, Slobodan Milosevic, numerous authors

Derailing Democracy:
The America the Media Don’t Want You to See
by David McGowan

The Real Terror Network:
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The Fire This Time:
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by Ramsey Clark

Desert Slaughter:
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by the Workers League

Western State Terrorism
Alexander George, editor; essays by Noam Chomsky, Edward S. Herman, Gerry O’Sullivan and others

Terrorizing the Neighborhood:
American Foreign Policy in the Post-Cold War Era
by Noam Chomsky
Pressure Drop Press, 1991

The Culture of Terrorism
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What Uncle Sam Really Wants
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War At Home:
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Deadly Deceits:
My 25 years in the CIA
by Ralph W. McGehee

The Hidden Persuaders:
What makes us buy, believe – and even vote – the way we do?
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Dumbing Us Down:
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Democracy for the Few
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Corporate Predators:
The Hunt for Mega-Profits and the Attack on Democracy
by Russell Mokhiber and Robert Weissman

Globalize This!
The Battle Against the World Trade Organization and Corporate Rule
edited by Kevin Danaher and Roger Burbach; multiple authors

The Sword and the Dollar:
Imperialism, Revolution and the Arms Race
by Michael Parenti

Killing Hope:
U.S. Military and CIA Interventions Since WWII
by William Blum

Rogue State:
A Guide to the World’s Only Superpower
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Apocalypse 1945:
The Destruction of Dresden
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Secrets and Lies:
The Anatomy of an Anti-Environmental PR Campaign
by Nicky Hager & Bob Burton

Toxic Sludge is Good for You!:
Lies, Damn Lies and the Public Relations Industry
by John Stauber and Sheldon Rampton

Market Elections:
How “Democracy” Serves the Rich
by Vince Copeland

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