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On Friday, June 7th, A Public Affair host Esty Dinur interviewed Andy Lee Roth, Associate Director of Project Censored. They discussed the founding of Project Censored, how Project Censored covers news that corporate media doesn’t, and some of the top censored stories from 2013.
Project Censored began with a question: how was it that Nixon was re-elected when so much information about Watergate had already been made public? An investigation by students and staff at Sonoma State University found that corporate media coverage often fails in informing or distorts information when reporting events to the American public. For example, when comparing the topic of stories reported by corporate versus independent journalists during the same month, the results were often shocking. Therefore, they established Project Censored to promote discourse on important topics, as well as to increase media literacy education for future journalists.
Additionally, Andy Roth pointed out how the top censored story of 2013 on emerging signs of a police state has become increasing relevant with the current National Security Association phone records scandal. The foresight of this story, which was published before this scandal took place, emphasized further the importance of this independent media outlet.
Listen to the entire show here: