Every year since 1976, Project Censored, our nation’s oldest news-monitoring group–a university-wide project at Sonoma State University founded by Carl Jensen, directed for many years by Peter Phillips, and now under the leadership of Mickey Huff–has produced a Top-25 list of underreported news stories and a book, Censored, dedicated to the stories that ought to be top features on the nightly news, but that are missing because of media bias and self-censorship.
Berto Jongman: Foreign Affairs on the Shrinking of Foreign News and the Death of Television Coverage
Foreign Affairs, March/April 1997
What is being lost, or at least weakened, has long been forecast: the role of a few television network news organizations as a unifying central nervous system of information for the nation, and the communal benefits associated with that. Some may mourn the loss, especially those who grew up with network news. (More than half the audience for the evening network news programs is 50 or older.) Viewers and social critics may debate whether the gains accompanying the growing diversity and flexibility of news and information delivery outweigh the losses. But quite aside from the fact that nothing can be done to stop the technological advances, the benefits in choice and content are clear.
On Sunday, 60 Minutes ran a story about the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter entitled, “Is the F-35 Worth It?” But watching the piece, I saw no debate whatsoever of that very important question.
And for good reason. All the interview subjects were government employees or contractors. They’d have been crazy to criticize their own program.
What I did see on Sunday was an ill-informed reporter—David Martin—touring the military side of the $400-billion F-35 program … and throwing in just a few boilerplate questions.
These questions were softballs, considering how big of a blunder this program actually has been. The F-35 is meant to replace 2,400 existing warplanes in the Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy. Complex and badly compromised by the need to meet all the military branches’ diverse needs, the JSF is overpriced, unreliable and sluggish.
by Dennis Cimino with Jim Fetzer
Veterans Today, 14 February 2014
BREAKING NEWS: We have found a resolution that validates and integrates three apparently inconsistent positions (on the use of big nukes, small nukes and nanothermite) from respected experts on 9/11.
The contentious debate over how the Twin Towers were destroyed has pitted those favoring large (“basement”) nukes against those identifying small nukes distributed in the elevator shafts throughout the buildings against those promoting thermite (or “nanothermite”).
Some of the most interesting and important research on the mode of destruction of the World Trade Center (WTC) on 9/11 has come from “the Anonymous Physicist”, who has endorsed the use of mini or micro nukes but has also suggested that a mix of devices was employed.
Having devoted several articles to the destruction of the Twin Towers and perhaps also of WTC-7 (“Building 7″) using mini or micro nukes, I regard it as of scientific value to review the bidding from time to time, in case something significant may have been overlooked.
The Anonymous Physicist has drawn a parallel between the efforts that have been made to obfuscate and confound the public about the death of JFK, which has been comparable to what has been done in relation to 9/11. As he observes,
Henry Jenkins: Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture – Media Education for the 21st Century
According to a recent study from the Pew Internet & American Life project (Lenhardt & Madden, 2005), more than one-half of all teens have created media content, and roughly one-third of teens who use the Internet have shared content they produced. In many cases, these teens are actively involved in what we are calling participatory cultures.
A participatory culture is a culture with relatively low barriers to artistic expression and civic engagement, strong support for creating and sharing one’s creations, and some type of informal mentorship whereby what is known by the most experienced is passed along to novices. A participatory culture is also
one in which members believe their contributions matter, and feel some degree of social connection with one another (at the least they care what other people think about what they have created). Forms of participatory culture include:
The self-censorship in American corporate media, as well as the deliberate obfuscation that arises from focusing attention on the meaningless and ephemeral, in my mind, is a trend that is becoming a major issue. It is almost impossible to get the level of news required for an informed electorate from mainstream sources.
Media Blacks Out New Snowden Interview the Government Doesn’t Want you to See
JAY SYRMOPOULOS – B Swann
Phi Beta Iota: Below is the video in question, available here since it was first offered.
Berto Jongman: How Edward Snowden Went From Loyal Right Wing NSA Contractor to Whistleblower Extraordinare — Advance Extract from “The” Book
The best account available to date.
UPDATE 16 FEB 14: Glenn Greenwald considers the book complete bullshit.
He was politically conservative, a gun owner, a geek – and the man behind the biggest intelligence leak in history. In this exclusive extract from his new book, Luke Harding looks at Edward Snowden’s journey from patriot to America’s most wanted
The Guardian, Friday 31 January 2014
Phi Beta Iota: This is quite an extraordinary account — the detail is compelling. The extract from the new book has been very well chosen, this may become one of the most read Guardian articles in relation to the Snowden matter.
Geneva II – CNN throws a Curveball Just before Summit
[ Editor’s note: Corporpate media earned some new stripes in the past week for being in the bag 0f someone’s intelligence agency when they want to herd the rest of us like lemmings to the sea.
The attempt to tag Assad with an anonymous single source mega-atrocity is being laughed at worldwide.
Intelligence people are wondering how could CNN have been suckered into to this when they had to know that the story was just unbelievable.
What is the U.S. Media up to in its Coverage of Ecuador?
New Economic Perspectives, 17 January 2014
If the Obama administration wanted to improve relations with Latin America the most obvious move would be to seek closer ties with Ecuador. Ecuador has been transformed into a nation with a stable political system, a head of state reelected by enormous margins in free elections, substantial economic progress, and a pragmatic development program. That program embraces policies that even the Washington Consensus praised that focus government expenditures on health, education, and infrastructure. The policies also champion an idea most identified with the conservative economist Hernando de Soto – making it far easier for entrepreneurs to start new businesses. President Correa is the leader who continues to surprise his friends and foes by taking steps that make economic sense even if they are identified with the “right” while keeping a relentless focus on the needs of the poor. That focus on the poor comes from Correa’s Catholic social justice beliefs that the Pope has recently been returning to centrality.
Americans don’t know much about geography.
In 2006, three years into the bloody War on Iraq, 63% of Americans aged 18-24 couldn’t find the “target-rich” nation on a map.
To be fair, only half could find New York State on a map, so it is unsurprising that, in spite of its then-dominance of the news cycle, they couldn’t locate the principal fixation of American foreign policy on a map that still brims with U.S. military bases and deployments.