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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"
How The EPA Pollutes The News
Risk of Nuclear Disaster with Space Shuttle
The Dangers of Food Irradiation
Acid Raid - One of North America's Biggest Killers
America's Secret Police Network
Children are Dying to Pay the Third World Debt
The Spectre of a Constitutional Convention
U.S. Violates International Rule of Law
The Abuse of America's Incarcerated Children
This article originally appeared in Sources, 24th edition,
Newsmongers: How the media distort political news (Review)