Subj The Top 10 'Most-Censored' News Stories of 1991 Commentary Each year, a group of medi

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Subj: The Top 10 'Most-Censored' News Stories of 1991 Commentary: Each year, a group of media experts consisting of academics, journalists, and others gather to analyze the nation's most "censored" or most "under-reported" news stories of the year. These stories are then ranked in 'importance' and are released in a report from "Project Censored." Here are the top 10 most under-reported/mis-represented stories of 1991: 컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴 THE 10 BEST CENSORED STORIES OF 1991 #1 UNCENSORED IRAQ COVERAGE SPIKED BY NETWORKS. CBS and NBC rejected professional videotape footage which contradicted U.S. administrations claims that civilian damage from the American-led bombing campaign was light. Source: San Francisco Bay Guardian, 3/20/91, "Sights" by Dennis Bernstein and Sasha Futran. #2 OPERATION CENSORED WAR. The Gulf War set new, questionable standards for wartime secrecy. It took a freelance journalist, posing as a mortician, to get a more accurate estimate of battlefield casualties from the Dover AFB mortuary, the only one handling Desert Storm casualities. #3 VOODOO ECONOMICS. The media failed to explain how bad the national deficit was and why the economy went into a tailspin in 1991. The interest alone on the federal debt will be the nation's single largest expenditure this year, exceeding even the military budget. SOURCES: KNIGHT-RIDDER NEWSPAPERS, 11/2/91-11/8/91, "Caught In The Middle," by Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele, of the Philadelphia Inquirer; USA TODAY, 10/1/91, "Interest to take largest slice of budget pie," by Mark Memmott. #4 THE $250 BILLION POLITICAL COVER-UP. An hour-long television documentary revealed the truth about the extent of the savings and loan scandal and how it was covered up so that it would not threaten George Bush's candidacy in 1988. SOURCES: PBS-TV FRONTLINE and THE CENTER FOR INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING, 10/22/91, "The Great American Bailout;" Glenn Silber, producer/director; George Clyde, coordinating producer; Rovert Krulwich, correspondent; Wendy Wank, editor; associate producers were Diana Hembree (Texas), Juan A. Avila Hernandez (Texas), and William Kistner (Washington, D.C.); Dan Noyes, project director; Sharon Tiller, executive producer for CIR; David Fanning, executive producer for FRONTLINE. #5 DOD'S UNTOLD SCANDAL. A Justice Department investigation into possible fraud and bribery in securing defense contracts could equal or exceed the "Teapot Dome" scandal or the publication of the Pentagon Papers in its scope but we may never know. SOURCES: COMMON CAUSE MAGAZINE, Nov/Dec 1990, "The Devil and Mr. Jones," by John Hanrahan; THE ST. LOUIS JOURNALISM REVIEW, March 1991, "The documents were sealed and the public shut out," by Philip Dunn. #6 NO IRAQI THREAT TO SAUDI ARABIA? Satellite photos of Iraq and Kuwait on September 11, 1990, revealed no evidence of a massive Iraqi army threat to Saudi Arabia as cited by President George Bush that same day in his efforts to rally public support for the Gulf War. SOURCE: IN THESE TIMES, 2/27/91, "Public doesn't get picture with Gulf satellite photos," by Jean Heller. #7 FOIA IS AN OXYMORON. The erosion, and possible obsolescence, of the Freedom of Information act over the past ten years coincides with a new and particularly hostile attitude towards the public's right to know which has characterized the Reagan-Bush administrations. SOURCE: COMMON CAUSE, July/Aug 1991, "The Fight To Know," by Peter Montgomery and Peter Overby. #8 CORPORATE AMERICA'S ANTI-ENVIRONMENTAL CAMPAIGN. Recent corporate anti-environmental innovations include the harassment and surveillance of activists, infiltration of environmental groups, and the creation of dummy ecology groups to locate whistleblowers. SOURCES: E MAGAZINE, Nov/Dec 1991, "Stop the Greens," by Eve Pell; GREENPEACE NEWS, 5/10/91, Washington. D.C. #9 THE INSLAW SOFTWARE THEFT. In a little-publicized but potentially explosive legal battle, the Inslaw Corporation charges that the U.S. Department of Justice robbed it of its case management and criminal tracking software program, conspired to send the company into bankruptcy, and then initiated a cover-up. SOURCES: IN THESE TIMES, 5/29-6/11/91, "Software Pirates," by Joel Bleifuss; RANDOM LENGTHS, 10/3-16/91, "Software to Die For," by James Ridgeway. #10 BUSH FAMILY'S CONFLICTS OF INTEREST. In recent history, no U.S. President has had blatant but unexplored familial conflicts of interest comparable to those of George Bush. SOURCES: SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER, 7/28/91, "Crime-linked firms hired Prescott Bush;" SANTA ROSA PRESS DEMOCRAT, 7/19/91, "Neil Bush's new boss," and 8/6/91, "Son's S&L not closed;" SPIN, 12/3/91, "See No Evil," by Jefferson Morley; THE TEXAS OBSERVER, 7/12/91, "Oil in the Family," and 9/20/91, "Global Entanglements," both by David Armstrong. The top censored story of 1991 revealed how the news departments at CBS and NBC rejected rare, uncensored footage taken deep inside Iraq at the height of the U.S. air campaign in the Gulf. Two other Gulf War issues were cited in the top ten censored stories of 1991 in the 16th annual research effort titled Project Censored (c). A national panel of media experts selected the top ten "censored" stories of 1991 from a group of 25 submitted to them by researchers in a seminar in censorship at Sonoma State University. The 25 stories were selected from more than 700 nominations. The Project Censored panelists were: Dr. Donna Allen, founding editor of Media Report to Women; Ben Bagdikian, Professor Emeritus, Graduate School of Journalism, University of California at Berkeley; Richard Barnet, Senior Fellow, Institute for Policy Studies; Noam Chomsky, Professor of Linguistics and Philosophy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Dr George Gerbner, Professor, Annenberg School of Communications, University of Pennsylvania; Nicholas Johnson, Professor, College of Law, University of Iowa; Rhoda H. Karpatikin, Executive Director, Consumers Union; Charles L. Klotzer, St. Louis Journalism Review, Editor and Publisher; Judith Krug, Director, Office for Intellectual Freedom, American Library Association; Frances Moore Lappe, Co-founder and Co-director, Institute for the Arts of Democracy; William Lutz, Professor of English, Rutgers University, and editor of The Quarterly Review of Doublespeak; Robert C. Maynard, Editor and Publisher, Oakland Tribune; Jack L. Nelson, Professor, Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University; Tom Peters, nationally syndicated columnist on excellence; Herbert I. Schiller, Professor Emeritus of Communication, University of California at San Diego; and Sheila Rabb Weidenfeld, president, D.C. Productions.


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