Thursday, September 22, 2005

News that didn't make the news

It's that time of year again: time to be appalled by Project Censored's annual list of the top 25 stories underreported or missed altogether by the mainstream media. Government secrecy, civilian deaths in Iraq, vote fraud, environmental pillage, citizen surveillance, medical experiments on child wards of the state... dug up and resurrected for your reading pleasure by the venerable media watchdog group at Sonoma State University.

To my eyes, this year's crop falls short on the surprise factor. Like, are we really shocked to learn that "Rich Countries Fail to Live up to Global Pledges" or that "Corporations Win Big on Tort Reform"?

Still, the collection as a whole is a damning indictment of the way our news gets made. If you want to learn more, go to the San Francisco Bay Guardian for an excellent writeup of the ten biggest missed stories. Or go here and buy the book.

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