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Project Censored


Project Censored is a media-watchdog organization that makes an effort to present important, overlooked news stories to the public - stories that the so-called "major mass media" wouldn't touch because they may be considered "boring," or "confusing," or because they're a threat to the corporations that OWN the major mass media outlets. For the past few years, their yearly Yearbook has been released in book form, and every year this book has been packed with information that would make any Normal pink boy's head spin. As the 1996 edition of the book notes: "Nonetheless, the the bottom line explanation for much of the censorship that occurs in America's mainstream media is the media's own bottom line. Corporate media executives perceive their primary, and often sole, responsibility to be the need to maximize profits, not, as some would have it, to inform the public. Many of the stories cited by Project Censored are not in the best financial interests of publishers, owners, stockholders, or advertisers. Equally important, investigative journalism is more expensive than the 'public stenography' school of journalism. And, of course, there is always the 'don't rock the boat' mentality which pervades corporate media boardrooms and filters down to the newsroom." [CENSORED: The News That Didn't Make the News - And Why, page 18]