We are Project Censored and after 40 years of creating an annual book showcasing media censorship we are bringing the fight to your ears and eyes. The Project Censored Show is a weekly public affairs program that discusses independent journalism, media censorship, deconstructing propaganda, and supporting a truly free press. The program focuses on “The News That Didn’t Make the News” and each week we conduct in depth interviews with guests and offer hard hitting commentary and analysis on the key political, social, and economic issues of the day with an emphasis on critical media literacy.
Silicon Valley’s Censorship by Proxy, State Propaganda, and the Military-Entertainment Complex
On this week's program, Mickey welcomes back author and media critic Alan MacLeod for the hour. MacLeod describes the close ties between the major Silicon Valley technology companies and the US military/security establishment. Among the examples he cites lucrative government contracts given to some of Elon Musk's companies (Starlink); the cooperation of Facebook, Twitter and other web giants in suppressing critical opinions (“censorship by proxy”); and multiple instances of U.S. intelligence officials moving into high-ranking executive positions at the tech companies often to allegedly curate "mis- and disinformation.” They discuss what’s being called the “military-entertainment complex" and note that some video games, notably Activision's "Call of Duty," are designed to inculcate pro-intervention, jingoist attitudes in the young people who play these games, which function as a form of propaganda or mass psy-op in support of US/NATO wars.
Alan Macleod, Ph.D., is a senior staff writer at MintPress News, and the author of two books on journalism. He writes extensively about media bias, propaganda, censorship, and fake news.
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Dr. King’s Real Legacy and the Biden Administration’s “Updates” to Immigration Policy
It was recently Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and some may have noticed the US empire and its racist, capitalist, and imperialist cheerleaders were also cheerleading for Dr. King. If this made you angry, confused, or just curious as to what Dr. King’s legacy actually is in the context of US empire, you’re in the right place. Eleanor Goldfield hosts this week’s program and begins by speaking with Jacqueline Luqman to discuss Dr. King’s real legacy, what got him killed, what's missing from the story, and how we can truly honor Dr. King. Next, Setareh Ghandehari from Detention Watch Network joins the show to walk listeners through the Biden administration’s “updates” to immigration policy, which as Setareh points out, are hardly updates but rather a continuation of right-wing, xenophobic, anti-immigrant and also failed policies that will cause immeasurable harm to thousands. All this and more coming up now on this week's Project Censored Show.
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The Importance of Whistleblowers and Independent Journalists in Free Society- Kevin Gosztola and Sam Husseini
Kevin Gosztola returns to the program to explain the latest developments in the Julian Assange extradition case. Although Assange remains in a UK prison, there have been political developments elsewhere in the world that may influence the outcome of the case, including in Assange’s home country, Australia. He and Mickey also address the Twitter Files and note key differences between how these are being handled. Gosztola then reminds listeners of some of the documents Assange brought to light via WikiLeaks over the years and what his prosecution means for free press principles.
Later in the show, independent journalist Sam Husseini speaks with Mickey about working to uncover the truth when both politicians and corporate media circumvent or suppress it. Husseini notes an unwillingness among reporters to ask tough but important questions about major topics. Among the examples he cites include the Israeli occupation of Palestine, the nuclear weapon ban treaty from a Trump/Putin press conference in Helsinki, and the possible origin of the coronavirus in a Wuhan lab. He notes how these and other pertinent questions are either not asked, or become distorted into a Trump-vs-Democrats type of argument that is then often dismissed.
Kevin Gosztola is the managing editor of Shadowproof. He has covered the Julian Assange legal proceedings in the UK from its beginning, as well as other press-freedom and whistleblower cases. His new book on the Assange case, Guilty of Journalism, will soon be available in bookstores. Gosztola also curates the newsletter for The Dissenter and co-hosts the "Unauthorized Disclosure" podcast.
Sam Husseini is an independent journalist whose work can be found at husseini.substack.com. He has also worked at the Institute for Public Accuracy, the media watch group FAIR, and the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, and been published in The Nation, Counterpunch, and elsewhere.
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2) "Blowin' In The Wind" by Neil Young
3) "Abacab" by Genesis
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Hosts: Mickey Huff & Eleanor Goldfield
Producers: Anthony Fest & Eleanor Goldfield
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The Case for “U.S. Out of Africa,” and the High Childbirth Mortality Rate of African American Women
With the U.S. having a military presence in nearly every African nation, Dr. Rose Brewer, a Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of African-American and African Studies at the University of Minnesota and member of the Black Alliance for Peace, makes the case for "U.S. out of Africa." Brewer faults the Congressional Black Caucus for failing to challenge the military-industrial complex's agendas either at home or abroad. Then, why do why African American women die in childbirth at a much higher rate than white women? In examining this question, Sam Sewell, a midwife and reproductive rights activist, points to many biases and failures in the American system of health care. Both of these human rights stories, and their broader themes, lack significant in-depth coverage by the corporate media in the U.S. Eleanor Goldfield hosts this week’s program and shines a light on these important underreported topics.
Dr. Rose Brewer is a Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of African-American and African Studies at the University of Minnesota, and a member of the Black Alliance for Peace. Sam Sewell is a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) practicing in the Washington DC area. She's been a board member at NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia, and at the Arlington Commission on the Status of Women.
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Climate Change and the Oil Industry’s Obstructionist Policies
The first Project Censored Show of 2023 is devoted to climate change, and the oil industry's obstruction of policies that would seriously confront the climate crisis. The speakers on the program are former NASA scientist James Hansen, pioneering climate-change writer Bill McKibben, and Canadian environmental journalist Geoff Dembicki. They were interviewed in December by artist and independent curator M. Annenberg, in conjunction with an environmental-art exhibition at New York's Ceres Gallery.
Dr. James Hansen was for many years the director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, and is now at Columbia University. Author Bill McKibben's 1989 book, "The End of Nature" was the first book on climate change for the general reader. Journalist Geoff Dembicki is the author of "The Petroleum Papers," a compilation of oil industry documents showing the industry's efforts to confuse the public about the causes of climate change.
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The Twitter Takeover of Elon Musk, Declassification of More JFK Documents, and The Top 25 Most Censored Stories of the Year
In the first half of today's program, Mickey speaks with Project Censored's Andy Lee Roth about some of the “Top 25” censored / under-reported news stories, as well as the common characteristics of these stories. Later in the show, Nolan Higdon and Mickey examine some of the developments since Elon Musks' takeover of Twitter. They also discuss the recent declassification of another batch of JFK-assassination documents, and what they show about federal officials' relations with the press.
Andy Lee Roth is Associate Director of Project Censored, co-editor of the Project's annual volume of censored stories, and co-coordinator of the Project's Campus Affiliates Program. He has published widely on media issues. Nolan Higdon is a university lecturer in media studies and history. He's also the author of "The Anatomy of Fake News,"
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I love this show
But sorry, I don’t like the new host. I guess people need time to grow etc., but she’s just not sufficiently educated in life. I just looked her up and now I guess it makes sense. What she’s saying is so basic it’s pretty painful.
Ich. This can’t last. This is a hard step back to the center. Milquetoast. Sorry.
Really? Women have babies. End of story. I’m getting tired of having to torque from one direction to another for every personal grievance. Everyone grow a spine already.
One of my favorites!
I am so thankful for this podcast, I really value the honest information and facts, and I value being informed. Keep up the great week and thanks for all that you do.