Censored 1999: The News That Didn't Make the News
Introduction by Gary Webb
Cartoons by Tom Tomorrow
Each year the importance of this acclaimed media resource grows as newspapers reduce their reporting staffs, television news focuses more on entertainment, and media conglomerates grow ever larger. Once again Censored 1999 features this year's 25 top censored or underreported news stories and important stories that weren't covered on the nightly news or in your daily newspapers. Censored 1999 is written by Project Censored Director Peter M. Phillips with the help of over 150 faculty, media scholars, critics, and student researchers.
New this year: media analyst Professor Robert Hackett on censorship in Western societies; Luke Hiken of the National Lawyers Guild on the First Amendment and pirate radio stations in the United States; testimonials of foreign journalists on censorship; Steve Wilson and Jane Akre on Fox News and the Bovine Growth Hormone story; Professor David Altheide writing on fear in the news.
Censored 1999 also features:
-"Censored Deja Vu," Censored stories from previous years that have since received mainstream media coverage
-"Junk Food News," an annual survey of the most over-covered and least newsworthy stories that took up tons of valuable press time at the expense of real, substantive news
-update of "Less Access to Less Information By and About the U.S. Government," contributed by the American Library Association
-"Censored Resource Guide," a directory of alternative and organizations
-"Censored Guide to On-line Resources"
-"Alternative Writer's Market," which contains publication outlets for the underexposed
-"Censored Reprints," unexpurgated reprints of the top five Censored stories of the year.
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"While members of the press and punditry were crawling all over each other to talk about Bill Clinton's sex life throughout 1998, other things were happening that you may not have heard about. Like the American government's repeated noncompliance with the UN's comprehensive test ban treaty on nuclear weapons. Or Nigerian soldiers being helicoptered to a Chevron facility by the company, shooting at a group of student demonstrators there, and killing two of them. Or that recently declassified documents suggest that—despite what we were told in the '50s—the fluoride in our water might not be so safe after all. Catch up on these and other stories the mainstream media never quite got around to reporting. Censored 1999 also has updates on coverage of the top underreported stories of 1998, a guide to online news resources, and several cartoons by Tom Tomorrow skewering the established media perspective." —Ron Hogan