(Project Censored PC)
Published on MATHABA, by Stephen Lendman, Oct. 2, 2009.
… PC works cooperatively “with numerous independent (US) media groups,” primarily to train SSU students “in media research and First Amendment issues and the advocacy for, and protection of, free press rights in the United States.”
For over three decades, it’s “trained over 1,500 students in investigative research” and continues doing it through “a partnership of faculty, students, and the community,” cooperatively engaged in “research on important national news stories that are underreported, ignored, misrepresented, or censored by the US corporate media” …
… Truth Emergency: Inside the Military Industrial Media Empire:
Former PC Director Peter Phillips and former Associate Director Mickey Huff discuss the terrible toll from America’s imperial wars, with special emphasis on the carnage in Iraq. In America today, a “literal Truth Emergency” exists given the absence of “a truly free press” to report accurately on events and developments abroad or at home at a time of grave economic crisis, affecting growing millions, and misdirected spending for militarism and banker bailouts.
In January 2008, a Truth Emergency Movement held its first summit to devise ways to promote and distribute truths to a population starved for them and defeat the military-industrial-media complex’s dominance. They quoted famed journalist George Seldes (1890 – 1995) saying that “Journalism’s job is not impartial ‘balanced’ reporting. Journalism’s job is to tell the people what is really going on.”
It’s for committed alternative sources to counteract corporate media propaganda, and for a popular super-majority to rely on them for real news, information, and analysis to stay informed. Otherwise, a free and open society is impossible.
Pentagon Propaganda, Spin, and Lies about America’s Imperial Wars: …
… Final Comments:
The Project Censored team has made PC a national treasure, dedicated to media democracy in a free and open society. As guardians of power, today’s dominant media system is in crisis because it’s bottom-line driven, unresponsive to public needs, and concerned only about the interests of wealth and power.
As a result, fiction substitutes for fact. News is carefully filtered, dissent marginalized and denigrated, and supporting the powerful substitutes for full and accurate reporting. The fallout has imperial wars called liberating ones. Civil liberties are suppressed for our own good. Washington has become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Wall Street, and patriotism means supporting militarism, violence as a way of life, global dominance, lawlessness, torture, and an Orwellian society in which “war is peace, freedom is slavery, (and) ignorance is strength.”
Democracy requires a free, open, vibrant, and diverse media, elements totally absent under our corporate-driven system. PC holds it accountable by revealing what it suppresses.
Support Project Censored and the Media Freedom Foundation (MFF) that works closely with PC. Read Censored 2010: The Top 25 Censored Stories of 2008 – 09, and follow PC daily at projectcensored.org and MFF at mediafreedominternational.org. They’re our best hope to restore freedom in a healthy and functioning democracy, something very much absent in today’s corporate-dominated America. (full long text).