Censor Sensors

12:15 PM -- Sonoma State University's Project Censored has released its annual list of the top 25 important news stories left uncovered by the corporate media. (Oh, wait... we're part of them now. For "corporate media," please read "our beloved insect overlords.")

Now, don't take the name too seriously – the folks at P.C. aren't implying that these stories were actually redacted by some Soviet-style, grey-suited censor. That's soooo 20th century. In this modern world, self-censorship is all the rage.

But the effect is more or less the same. And so, the stories they somehow "forgot" to cover:

#1 Bush Administration Moves to Eliminate Open Government

#2 Media Coverage Fails on Iraq: Fallujah and the Civilian Deathtoll

#3 Another Year of Distorted Election Coverage

#4 Surveillance Society Quietly Moves In

#5 U.S. Uses Tsunami to Military Advantage in Southeast Asia

#6 The Real Oil for Food Scam

#7 Journalists Face Unprecedented Dangers to Life and Livelihood

#8 Iraqi Farmers Threatened By Bremer's Mandates

#9 Iran's New Oil Trade System Challenges U.S. Currency

#10 Mountaintop Removal Threatens Ecosystem and Economy

#11 Universal Mental Screening Program Usurps Parental Rights

#12 Military in Iraq Contracts Human Rights Violators

#13 Rich Countries Fail to Live up to Global Pledges

#14 Corporations Win Big on Tort Reform, Justice Suffers

#15 Conservative Plan to Override Academic Freedom in the Classroom

#16 U.S. Plans for Hemispheric Integration Include Canada

#17 U.S. Uses South American Military Bases to Expand Control of the Region

#18 Little Known Stock Fraud Could Weaken U.S. Economy

#19 Child Wards of the State Used in AIDS Experiments

#20 American Indians Sue for Resources; Compensation Provided to Others

#21 New Immigration Plan Favors Business Over People

#22 Nanotechnology Offers Exciting Possibilities But Health Effects Need Scrutiny

#23 Plight of Palestinian Child Detainees Highlights Global Problem

#24 Ethiopian Indigenous Victims of Corporate and Government Resource Aspirations

#25 Homeland Security Was Designed to Fail

— Media WatchPanda, Light Reading

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Scott Raynovich 12/5/2012 | 3:00:57 AM
re: Censor Sensors Let's see, U.N. oil-for-food, President Bush trying to manipulating the media, eco-disasters, and Iraq. Are they saying there isn't any information on these things?

All you have to do is Google any of these issues and there is a treasure-trove of information on all of them, some of it well researched in thoughtful. What the heck are they talking about?

The problem I see with this list is that many of the authors of these individual stories are Phd's or journalists in obscure places who seem to just be whining that nobody reads them. I haven't delved into it deeply, but some of the writing was horrid.

Today, a good writer doing good research can find an instant audience by publishing a Blog at almost no cost! In free, democratic countries, the Internet has delivered an era in which there is less media "censorship" than ever before.

CoolLightGeek 12/5/2012 | 3:00:51 AM
re: Censor Sensors I glad people in the 21th century believe in self-censorship: that's what editors are for! To relieve the public from crackpot, poorly written and poorly vetted stories and from stories that people don't care about.

Why do you assume any of the stories on your list are more important for me to spend time on as compared to hearing the latest gossip at the office. Why do you think a marsupial has a better understanding of what a mammal needs for news?
CoolLightGeek 12/5/2012 | 3:00:50 AM
re: Censor Sensors First- Its your list because you decided to publish it as important.

Second- in your judgement they are better stories... You haven't been to my water cooler and you don't seem to comprehend the intrinsic value of listening to Janice's stories. And a PhD is not a vaccination from crackpotitis.

Third, consider what you have to offer.

"small groups of animals, with little opportunity for exchange
between them, face the risk of inbreeding, decreased genetic
diversity, and even extinction"

Now I can imagine why you don't consider the sexually relations between cousins passage as pornographic

paolo.franzoi 12/5/2012 | 3:00:49 AM
re: Censor Sensors

Red Panda thinks its funny to compare the Vice President to an anal orifice. You have ignore this guy and his opinions. He is an idiot. Actually, Red Panda is one level lower than the Larry the Attack Monkey blog.

There are many, many stories that are not covered in the mainstream media. One that curiously did not make Sonoma State's list (and SSU is pretty much a Marxist bastion) is the Air America corruption scandal.

Note that all the topics listed relate to leftist agenda items. Take #6 as an example. The Oil for Food Scandal was cooked up to distract people from Iraq. Then take a look at #7. Nowhere does it talk about reporters executed by extremist groups. Pretty odd eh? One has to read what the agenda of journalists are as one is looking at information. This is not the way a non-editorial piece is supposed to be, but it is so.

Just as a note, as egregious set of items could be found on right wing websites.

optiplayer 12/5/2012 | 3:00:47 AM
re: Censor Sensors What I find difficult to understand is why the operators of a relatively informative and simultaneously entertaining industry destination decided to turn it into yet another Angry Left web site. Further mystifying is that the parties involved have chosen to masquerade as animals while spewing their collective nonsense.

If you want to imitate MoveOn.org at least have the courage to put your names and faces on the content.

Is it just me or did this shift coincide with the buyout of LR? Maybe the boys are feeling quite proud/invincible since they have a little money in their pocket these days.

If they are not careful, this might degenerate into the Yahoo boards and there will be no reason to ever come back. I suppose it won't matter if they already cashed the checks...
Scott Raynovich 12/5/2012 | 3:00:45 AM
re: Censor Sensors Yeah, well, you tool with changing the media all you want, but the bottom line is you can't change the way folks act or think.

Or, as H.L. Mencken once said...

"Nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public."
flam 12/5/2012 | 3:00:43 AM
re: Censor Sensors CLG:Now I can imagine why you don't consider the sexually relations between cousins passage as pornographic

Red Panda:Who says I don't? I don't recall weighing in on the subject.
CLG is a Lucent manager, whose time is quickly running out. Lucent managers, in case you didn't know, divert focus by innuendo. In this case, the irrelevant passage from the referred book.

BTW, CLG, I hear you're more of an endangered species at Westford than ever before. The boys at Kormangale (spelling?) eating your lunch, eh? Soon to be wishing *you* were a Panda, I'm sure.

CoolLightGeek 12/5/2012 | 3:00:41 AM
re: Censor Sensors Flam,
I don't need mine own words to repudiate what inaccurate crap you spew, I'll just use yours...



Thanks for your response. You will do well at
what's left of that sad hole called Lucent.[1]

1) CLG is a manager at LU

If you're MTS1 or MTS or better, buddy,
go read up the policy in place. You're an
exempt employee. That means, whether you
like it or not, by Lucent's definition,
you are a manager.[4]

2) Flam is candid and has character

This is so funny for me. It reminds me of
several conversations I had with the
Lucent-lifer managers. Maybe I should create
a phrase book for the non-Lucent-savvy. [2]

Let me let you out of your misery and agree -
flam is NOT candid and does NOT have
character thanks to several foolish years
spent at Lucent in rubbish like Diversity


No one should waste theit time with a self-confessed person devoid of candor and character.
Sure, blame Lucent for you being such a sorry person.

FYI- I'm not a manager.
flam 12/5/2012 | 3:00:38 AM
re: Censor Sensors PS: I see you're still hard at work at Lucent,
digging up stuff from the ghost of flames past.

Glad to see that you're doing your bit to
drag the stock price up.
flam 12/5/2012 | 3:00:38 AM
re: Censor Sensors Sensitivity to satire is not one of your strong
points. I recommend spending at least 20 hours in
"Sensitivity Training." I assume they still have

BTW, how many got taken out on thursday from your
site? I hear 20 to 20% across the board in NOS
with most of the work going to Poland.

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