Ten Best Censored Stories of 1988
The failure of America's national media to fully investigate and
report the political background of George Bush during the 1988 election
campaign topped the list of 25 overlooked news stories in the 13th
annual media research effort titled Project Censored. Richard
H. Meeker, national president of the Association of Alternative
Newsweeklies, charged that if the average American voter had read
the alternative press' coverage of the campaign, George Bush would
not have been elected president.
Project Censored, founded in 1976 by Carl Jensen, professor
of communications at Sonoma State University in California, explores
and publicizes the extent of censorship in American society by locating
stories about significant issues that the public should be aware
of but is not, for one reason or another. The essential issue raised
by the project is the failure of the mass media to provide Americans
with all the information they need to make informed decisions.
Each year Project Censored selects the top ten "censored"
stories from a group of 25 submitted to them by researchers in a
seminar on censorship at Sonoma State. This year the 25 stories
were selected from more than 400 nominations. There were no distinctly
Canadian stories in the top ten, but we're publishing them anyway.
We figured you'd want to know.
George Bush's "Dirty Big Secrets"
America's alternative press reported more than ten stories exposing
questionable activities by George Bush, dating from his reported
role as a CIA "asset" in 1963 to his campaign's connection
with a network of anti-Semites and with Nazi and fascist affiliations
How The EPA Pollutes The News
Reports of improvement in environmental pollution levels in 1988
were a deliberate attempt by the Environmental Protection Agency
to mislead and pacify the public, according to a former EPA officer.
Risk of Nuclear Disaster with Space Shuttle
Despite serious concerns of experts in the field of radioactivity,
NASA still plans to launch the Project Galileo shuttle flight which
will carry nearly 50 pounds of radioactive plutonium.
The Dangers of Food Irradiation
While scientific research warns of potential dangers from consuming
irradiated foods, The U.S. Department of Energy plans to set up
1,000 food irradiation facilities around the country within the
next ten years.
Acid Raid - One of North America's Biggest Killers
The U.S. Office of Technology Assessment (OTA), an advisory body
to Congress, rated acid rain much more dangerous in 1988 than it
was in 1984 when the OTA estimated the annual American death toll
due to acid rain at 50,000 to 200,000.
America's Secret Police Network
The Law Enforcement Intelligence Unit is a super-secret, national,
private intelligence agency, not answerable to any public authority,
which links the intelligence squads of almost every major police
force in the United States and Canada.
Children are Dying to Pay the Third World Debt
"The State of the World's Children", A UNICEF report issued
in 1988, revealed that more than half a million children died in
16 developing nations last year because their debt-burdened governments
cut back on social spending in order to repay debts to bankers in
The Spectre of a Constitutional Convention
Special interest groups, led by Conservative National Taxpayers
Union, are just two state votes away from holding a federal convention
to amend the Constitution.
U.S. Violates International Rule of Law
The U.S. may have to pay billions of dollars in reparations
to Nicaragua as a result of the Reagan administration's support
of the contra war effort.
The Abuse of America's Incarcerated Children
More than 1.2 million children in America's juvenile detention facilities
are sexually abused by their peers, while nearly 150,000 more are
being abused by their state-employed counselors and staff members
This article originally appeared in Sources, 24th edition,
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the News That's Fit to Miss: Blind Spots in Canadian Reporting
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