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January 29, 2006
Doggone It

I shoulda' done that, shouldn't I?

Well, here it is, my Project Censored score. The stories I was aware of (i.e., read about during the year, from some source) before reading the list are in bold:

#1 - Bush Administration Moves to Eliminate Open Government
#2 - Media Coverage Fails on Iraq: Fallujah and the Civilian Death
#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 Bremerís Mandates
#9 - Iranís 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

Okay, if I knew about 18 out of 25 of these, they weren't that "censored."

On the other hand, there are a lot of dedicated bloggers who don't hit the number of news sites I do during a day, which leaves the average newspaper/tv news consumer 'way behind when it comes to knowing that the MSM is choosing not to talk about.

Me, I remain particularly indignant about 1, 2, 3, 6, 8 and 13. Not that the others aren't important, but the fact that the national media/press has not chosen to educate the public about what's going on and what's at risk really irritates me.

Okay, so Ahistoricality was all fair and stuff. I'll be fair, too.

The rightwingnut...I mean World Net Daily list of important stories they think the MSM underreported.

Only, because I am not Ahistoricality, I'm gonna be rude.

1. Failure of the 9-11 commission to investigate "Able Danger." (Wasn't this declared to be "outside their mandate"?)

2. Successes in rebuilding Iraq. (If it bleeds, it leads. Besides, the USofA public isn't likely to be emotionally moved by the digging of a new well for the people they're being told are evil monsters out to slaughter Americans, are they? You can't have it both ways. Either Muslims are the evil force trying to destroy our society and force us all into worshipping Allah, or they're ordinary human beings who like a drink of water from time to time. I promise you that pictures of children at play outside a school won't increase support for a war when next week's news announces that four of the children were killed in a targeted missile strike we kinda hope might have come close to also killing an actual terrorist or two.)

3. Cover-up of David Barrett's probe of Clinton IRS and Henry Cisneros. (Bill Clinton got laid by a woman not his wife. Get over it.)

4. The impact of illegal immigration on the U.S. and its security. (They cite 51 people arrested on "suspicion" of being some kind of terrorists over the course of a year. Whatever problems illegal immigration might or might not be causing us, I think 51 people suspected of being terrorists by virtue of their ethnicity are not at the head of the list.) (Note: I hadn't read about the 51 arrests before, but I've certainly read a number of stories warning that we can't let them brown people sneak across the border and kill us all way too often in the last year.)

5.The truth about Terri Schiavo and her death. (Shorter version: "We're sticking to our story, she wasn't brain-dead, and her husband was getting laid by a woman not his wife." They're just being stupid and stubborn on this one. The woman was brain-dead. The doctors said so. I promise you that there are darned few doctors in the country who make a mistake about that kind of thing, Frist's long-distance political-stunt-diagnosis via video-tape notwithstanding.)

6. Sandy Berger's slap on the wrist for stealing classified documents. (This one puzzled me, too. I can only conclude that even in the current Democrat-baiting and hating climate, not even the Right really thought he was deliberately committing a crime.)

7. The fact that WMDs were found in Iraq. (They cite unconvincing "evidence" including an Iraqi-language audio tape that was "overlooked" before. They also conflate "weapons" with "programs." I can open a Word document, title it, "I Wanna Make A Nuke", then fill in the first hit I get on a Google search, and that qualifies for a "weapons program.") (Note: I've read stories claiming that the jury was still out, or that we'd found chemical weapons, or chemical weapons dumps, but I can't remember where. So, just to be fair, I'm marking this one, "not known.")

8. Atrocities of radical Islam. (Of all the things we've heard plenty of over the last year, this is one of them.) (Also, why didn't the atrocities in Darfur make the list? Why isn't the Sudan on their list of "underreported" stories? There's even an Islamic component, so it fits right in with their theme here.)

9. Islam's impact on French riots. (Because people are rioting and because their religion is Islam, does not make it an Islamic riot. Although, to be fair, they do say "impact on" but I read quite a lot about the "impact" of "Islam" on the Paris riots at the time. I think a lot of us did. Maybe the USofA media didn't, to be fair. I get a lot of my news from international sources. But, as I recall, the Paris riots didn't get 1/10 of the coverage Schiavo or half a dozen missing attractive young blonde women got, so it's not like the MSM was fixated on the riots or anything.)

10. Good news about the economy. (I read this in the MSM all the time. I don't see it in the job market, but I certainly read about it.)

So, you know, I got 9/10 on this list.

Possibly both lists should have been "underreported" stories. But if that was the case, this bunch should have left Schiavo off (we heard about it endlessly). They also should have left off #3 because they totally need to find a ladder and get over it.

#10 has been in the news over and over and over. Forgive us all if the repeated announcements of tens of thousands of layoffs and a housing 'bubble' about to burst and the elimination of bankruptcy protections for individuals combined with increased credit card payments and warnings that Medicare might not be there for us in a few years and dire predictions about Social Security and a mushrooming federal deficit are distracting us from how wonderful things are in our country today.

Synopsis: Clinton evil, Islam evil, brown people dangerous, USofA fabulous, Clinton evil.

Mostly, though, I just don't agree that these stories were underreported.

Posted by AnneZook at 03:40 PM


Barrett couldn't get the IRS under Bush to investigate either and he five years to try.

The French rioters were all poor, but they weren't all Muslim, and most of those who are identified as Muslim weren't terribly religious acording to the people on the scene.

The classified documents that Sandy Berger removed were his notes that he was reviewing for testimony which is why it didn't go any further. He shouldn't have done it, and it was illegal, but it would have been a tough case for a prosecutor to do anything with.

Posted by: Bryan at January 29, 2006 07:15 PM

Well, I'm the polite one? That's a nice change... never mind.

Actually, I had another reaction to #2, the "successes in Iraq" one: We are, barely, capable of building things faster than insurgents can blow them up. Yippedy doo dah.

I recently heard a report on NPR that heads up my (as yet uncompiled) personal "Most underreported stories" list: over a million Iraqi refugees in neighboring countries since the invasion, as a result of the civil war we won't admit is already going on. The brain drain alone -- someone's been targetting professsors, doctors, engineers, so they're getting out in large numbers -- will cripple Iraqi society for a generation. So WorldNuts can talk all they want about hours of electricity service in Basra: until Iraqis are more likely to be moving into Iraq than away from it, we've got no cause for particular pride at our sewage (so to speak) and paving projects.

#4 is neo-Nazi territory. No, I'm not projecting: the borderwatch projects like the Minutemen are riddled with neo-Klan, Aryan Nation and NSM types, and "mainstream" figures like Malkin and Coulter and Limbaugh are real receptive to the "brown menace" message.

And, as far as our scores go, Anne, there's no way we're "average", even for political bloggers. You read everything, and I read you....

Posted by: Ahistoricality at January 29, 2006 09:48 PM

Thanks for the info, Bryan. Your memory (or research) is better than mine.

Posted by: Anne at January 29, 2006 10:13 PM

Ahistoricality, I don't think you're projecting. Again, the racist angle on the "Minutement" and other groups slipped my mind for a moment although the racist component of the anti-immigrant speeches by some politicians did not.

That "Iraqis leaving Iraq" story needs wider coverage. When next I visit your blog, sometime in the next 24 hours, I'm sure I'll see you spreading the story. ;)

(Me? Read everything? Don't make me laugh. Last Thursday I tried to read everything...I was blogging for seven hours, and I barely scratched the surface! Besides, you're always finding stories I haven't seen!)

Posted by: Anne at January 29, 2006 10:17 PM