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Shows how "dumbed down" US news media has become

  • May 14, 2009
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Here is another compendium of news stories that were under-reported (or un-reported) by the mainstream news media.

Did you know that over 20,000 private companies are working with the FBI to collect and provide information on other Americans? According to a prestigious british polling group, the civilian death toll in Iraq since the 2003 invasion has topped the 1 million mark. The US Treasury Department now has the authority to seize the assets of anyone who is perceived to, directly or indirectly, threaten US operations in the Middle East (which could mean almost anyone). The American Psychological Association has been complicit in CIA torture. The No Child Left Behind Act has become a huge bonanza in the world of corporate profiteering.

At least nine billion dollars in cash have been unaccounted for since the early days of the Iraq occupation. Today, there are 27 million slaves in the world, more than at any other time in world history. They are not just in the Third World, but also in the developed world. Elliot Spitzer was not removed from office because of "personal indiscretions." He was target of a Wall Street and White House operation to silence an increasingly vocal critic of their handling of what became the present financial crisis.

It seems that there just was not enough air time or newspaper space for these stories, but there was abundant space for Lindsay Lohan, Brad and Angelina, Jessica Simpson, Alec Baldwin and David Hasselhoff. This book also explores the media coverage of the Military Commissions Act, healthcare and the 2008 campaign, American media bias against the lawfully elected Hamas Government in Gaza, the marketing of Gardasil as a "cure" for cancer, when it really isn't, Winter Soldier and the Pentagon's targeting of young people (including children).

This is an excellent book that shows just how "dumbed down" American news media has become. It is eye-opening reading and is highly recommended.

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June 18, 2009
Thanks for reviewing this book! Politics have been corrupt for some time and the media's always played along as a bunch of puppets just spewing out some PR BS. I'll definitely have to check out this book...Thanks, Paul!
 
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Brilliant. These stories need to be published.
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CENSORED 2009 presents the most censored stories of 2007 and 2008.

Read all about it: * the real death toll of the Iraq war includes over one million Iraqis * how private businesses are providing private information on US citizens to the FBI * how the US may be restarting "dirty wars" in Latin America * the executive orders that allow for the seizure of war protesters' assets * how Bush's guest worker program victimizes immigrants * how the American Psychological Association has been complicit in CIA torture * protesters against the privatization of El Salvador's water supply have been arrested as terrorists * Bush cronies are collecting billions off No Child Left Behind. These are just a few of the stories that appear in CENSORED 2009.

Plus: * stories of hope and change from the people of Yes! Magazine * FAIR's Fear and Favor Report 2007, on how power still shapes the news * Newspaper coverage of the War Commissions Act * the Gardasil sell job * Truth Emergency Meets Media Reform * Eyewitness accounts of soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan * The Pentagon’s child recruitment strategy * Index on Censorship’s annual report * Media Bias, Human Rights, and the Hamas Government in Gaza * Universal Healthcare, Media, and the 2008 Presidential Campaign * 9/11, the Media, and Myth Information * Thirty-three years of US Military Domination and Economic Deceit

CENSORED 2009 also includes Censored Déjà Vu and Junk Food
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ISBN-10: 1583228527
ISBN-13: 978-1583228524
Editor: Project Censored, Peter Philips , Andrew Roth
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
Date Published: October 1, 2008
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