A look at the year’s top 10 bombshell news stories that barely made the news.

From our old friend Paul at OpenLeft, which was truly the best and most progressive blog on the net, never dailykos. Please read the entire article and leave Paul a tip. They really are bombshell stories the corporate media didn't spend a minute on.

I am going to leave the headlines and elaborate on one that I didn't know and found particularly interesting. Apparently, Trump and Mercer are Russia.

A look at the year’s top 10 bombshell news stories that barely made the news.
Paul Rosenberg Oct 5, 2017

Project Censored

In the U.S., we commonly think of press freedom and censorship in terms of the First Amendment, which focuses attention on the press itself and limits on the power of government to restrict it. But the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, drafted in the aftermath of World War II, presents a broader framework. Article 19 reads: “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.”

By highlighting the right to receive information and ideas, Article 19 makes it clear that press freedom is about everyone in society, not just the press, and that government censorship is only one potential way of thwarting that right. That’s the perspective that has informed this annual list for some 40 years.

Project Censored compiles an annual list focusing on the top 10 censored stories of the year, those that are underreported. But the underlying issue is not isolated examples. It’s the larger patterns of missing information, hidden problems and threats that should really concern us.

During the 1972 election, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein were reporting on the earliest developments in the Watergate Scandal in the Washington Post. But they were covering it as a developing criminal case; it never crossed over into a political story until after the election. That’s a striking example. It helped contribute to the founding of Project Censored by Carl Jensen, who defined censorship as “the suppression of information, whether purposeful or not, by any method – including bias, omission, underreporting or self-censorship – that prevents the public from fully knowing what is happening in its society.”

1. Widespread lead contamination threatens children’s health and could triple household water bills.

2. More than $6 trillion in unaccountable Army spending.

3. The Pentagon paid a PR firm in the UK for fake Al-Qaeda videos.

4. Voter suppression in the 2016 presidential election.

5. Big data and dark money behind the 2016 election.
When Richard Nixon first ran for Congress in 1946, he and his supporters used a wide range of dirty tricks aimed at smearing his opponent as pro-Communist, including a boiler-room operation generating phone calls to registered Democrats, which simply said, “This is a friend of yours, but I can’t tell you who I am. Did you know that Jerry Voorhis is a Communist?” Then the caller would hang up.

In 2016, the same basic strategy was employed but with decades of refinement, technological advances and massively more money behind it. A key player in this was right-wing computer scientist and hedge-fund billionaire Robert Mercer, who contributed $13.5 million to Trump’s campaign and also funded Cambridge Analytica, a data analytics company that specializes in “election management strategies” and using “psychographic” microtargeting – based on thousands of pieces of data for some 220 million American voters – as Carole Cadwalladr reported for The Guardian in February 2017.

After Trump’s victory, Cambridge Analytica’s CEO Alexander Nix said, “We are thrilled that our revolutionary approach to data-driven communication has played such an integral part in President-elect Trump’s extraordinary win.”

Cambridge Analytica’s parent company, Strategic Communication Laboratories, was more old-school until recently in elections across Europe, Africa and the Caribbean. In Trinidad, it paid for the painting of graffiti slogans purporting to be from grassroots youth. In Nigeria, it advised its client party to suppress the vote of their opposition “by organizing anti-poll rallies on the day of the election.”

But now they’re able to micro-target their deceptive, disruptive messaging. “Pretty much every message that Trump put out was data-driven” after they joined the campaign, Nix said. On the day of the third presidential debate, Trump’s team “tested 175,000 different ad variations for his arguments” via Facebook.

This messaging had everything to do with how those targeted would respond, not with Trump’s or Mercer’s views. In a New Yorker profile, journalist Jane Mayer noted that Mercer argued the 1964 Civil Rights Act was a major mistake. Trevor Potter, former chair of the Federal Election Commission, told Mayer, “Suddenly, a random billionaire can change politics and public policy – to sweep everything else off the table – even if they don’t speak publicly, and even if there’s almost no public awareness of his or her views.”

6. Antibiotic-resistant “superbugs” threaten health and foundations of modern medicine.

7. The toll of U.S. Navy training on wildlife in the North Pacific.

8. Maternal mortality is a growing threat in the U.S.

9. DNC claims right to select presidential candidate.

10. 2016: A record year for global internet shutdowns.

Paul Rosenberg is a senior editor at Random Lengths News. Project Censored works with hundreds of faculty and students across the country to identify underreported stories in the media.

I don't know how much I'll be around to read and respond. I have a funeral today, and I need to visit my daughter in the hospital after - not serious. I just wanted to bring these stories to your attention before I jump into the shower and leave for the day.

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Lookout's picture

I knew most of these stories, but missed the internet shutdowns. I knew about infant death but didn't key in on maternal mortality. Anyway thanks for the under told stories!

The death of the petrodollar seems like a likely candidate for an under told story too.

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“Until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

dkmich's picture

http://projectcensored.org/

The Top 25 Censored Stories of 2016-2017
The presentation of the Top 25 stories of 2016-2017 extends the tradition originated by Professor Carl Jensen and his Sonoma State University students in 1976, while reflecting how the expansion of the Project to include affiliate faculty and students from campuses across North America has made the Project even more diverse and robust. During this year’s cycle, Project Censored reviewed over 300 Validated Independent News stories (VINs) representing the collective efforts of 310 college students and 27 professors from 12 college and university campuses that participate in our affiliate program.

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Steven D's picture

I've heard of each of these stories but never from the corporate media.

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"You can't just leave those who created the problem in charge of the solution."---Tyree Scott

detroitmechworks's picture

If they're up in arms about it, it is absolutely bullshit that will have zero impact on the PTB.

For future reference, which got more attention, Trump's tweets on North Korea, or the continuing war that kills our people?

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I don't Blame Christians. I Blame Stupid. Which Sadly, is a much more popular religion these days.

@detroitmechworks It's a mistake to say 'never trust the MSM'. That's falling into trump and Alex Jones pizzagate territory where they'll tell you all kinds of lies the MSM disagrees with.

What the MSM says is generally correct, and what the people who scream 'fake news' at the MSM say are filled with lies.

The problems with the MSM are its sins of omission - you won't read much there about things like the problem of money in politics, money that's billions that goes to them.

But they still provide a very useful service covering all kinds of things they do cover and generally get the stories right they do. You just need more than them.

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@Craig234 They actively create stories to draw attention away. Even Pizzagate was THEIR creation. Nobody would have bothered with a conspiracy theory had they not dedicated as much airtime as they did to it, as a nice little smokescreen to draw attention away from the fact that the wikileaks documents revealed FAR more information and many more disturbing levels of collaboration and conspiracy.

Far better to concentrate on pedophile allegations which can be vociferously and loudly denied, creating a conspiracy theory allegation.

The MSM is in the business of creating division. They actively also promote the most insane voices opposed to them for the exact same reason. It is the most basic kind of smear job, and they are experts at it.

Of course, Since I'm opposed to the MSM on every level, it means I'm a Russian.
/snark

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I don't Blame Christians. I Blame Stupid. Which Sadly, is a much more popular religion these days.

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@detroitmechworks Remember Mark Foley and Larry Craig? The MSM were going on and on about Repig scandals for weeks after those stories broke.

As for Pizzagate...well, as a general rule I don't trust a damn thing that originates out of the 4chan or reddit hate mobs (That's who the MSM promotes). Especially after the gamergate fiasco.

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@detroitmechworks
tells just half the story - the half that TPTB want told, want us to hear. At worst they're just blowing smoke up our ass. Either way, an unreliable source no better than Fox.

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the little things you can do often are more valuable than the giant things you can't! - @thanatokephaloides. All about building progressive media. (-1.9) On Twitter @winkradio.

@Wink I'm critical of the MSM to a point but think it's deluded to say they're as bad as Fox.

"Hey, McDonalds is junk food - as bad as eating rat poison."

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@Craig234
it."
I rest my case.

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@Craig234

How are the DNC's BFFOW-S* doing, I wonder? Have we found out exactly how much of the Intelligence Committee's info was diverted to outside private servers by the Awan family yet? Oh wait...

That kind of 'news' doesn't ever seem to make it into the MSM, does it?

BFFF = Best Friend!'s Forever of Wasserman-Schultz

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I'm tired of this back-slapping "Isn't humanity neat?" bullshit. We're a virus with shoes, okay? That's all we are. - Bill Hicks

Politics is the entertainment branch of industry. - Frank Zappa

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@Craig234 It’s really easy to get into the mindset that anything the MSM is bullshit, which then leads people in search of so-called alternative media sights produce content that validates one’s own world views.

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@Ravensword @Ravensword struggle as up and down, not left and right.
Indeed, MSM didn't address my concerns, or yours, either. You and I are here.
It is a world view that can only go around the world in non-MSM.

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@on the cusp The world is more complicated than up or down or left and right. It’s appealing to think that because your needs aren’t being met that there’s some sort of grand conspiracy to cockblock your hopes and dreams, when the fact of the matter is that there aren’t people out to get you and you’re simply a victim of history, as are all of the rest of us—and everyone that came before us. It’s a damn shame that we had to be born in this era and not into some golden age far into the future.

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@Ravensword It is manipulated.
It is easy to see who benefits from the manipulations.
I do not disassociate history from the activities of men who shaped it and wrote it.

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@Ravensword

where the mean stream media have confessed to their traitorous collusion with corrupt politicians at the behest of their corporate masters. They did it only to up their ratings, but everyone took them at their word. Most of them drank the hemlock. Then all of the US news sources were put under the management of Amy Goodman and Naomi Klein and America entered into the golden age of which you speak.

Ignoring the evidence is what gets cops acquitted of murder. So, they go out and murder again. They will want you on their jury.

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@Ravensword

It’s really easy to get into the mindset that anything the MSM is bullshit, which then leads people in search of so-called alternative media sights produce content that validates one’s own world views.

is often well-founded, and probably inevitable, given that the deliberate prevarications of legacy media have become so ubiquitous and so clearly manipulative.

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@native

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@Craig234

It's when private organizations like the DNC can send a strategy memo to senior media execs instructing them to give Trump serious air time during the primary. The Democrats called this collaboration with the Fourth Estate the "pied piper" strategy because they believed if Hillary ran against someone as repugnant as Donald Trump, she'd look good in comparison.

So basically the MSM provided Hillary with the gun she put to our heads after the monster was loose.

A useful service indeed.

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@zoebear You're right that's an additional problem as far as it goes - but I'd suggest it's a small part of the MSM who would follow a 'memo' like that.

I'd suggest that much bigger problems with trump coverage are:

- The news being based on ratings letting a reality tv figure like trump get orders of the magnitude of the coverage of Bernie by trolling and his being well-known.

See CBS' head saying covering trump so much might be bad for the country, but good for profits.

- The increases in coverage that come from other problems, like the money in the system.

And the biggest problem:

The lack of a minimum equal playing field finding a way for all candidates to get plenty of coverage, and public financing, which Obama, Hillary, trump and even Bernie refused.

So whatever the causes, we have a big problem in the media discrepancies.

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@Craig234

But the very mechanism that allowed a political organization to collude with the media for their own gain IS the problem. Trump is merely a manifestation of the rotting carcass that is our "democracy".

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@zoebear I disagree with you how big the 'media colluding with campaign' issue is, but agree with you that trump is mostly just a symptom, not the problem himself.

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@Craig234

That the DNC on behalf of Hillary Clinton instructed the media to give Trumps campaign $2 billion worth of free advertising and enough exposure that he was able to build a momentum she couldn't stop once she was the nominee?

That's some fucked up sense of logic there Craig.

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@zoebear

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Thanks for the essay and the link; hope your daughter recovers quickly - and that the expense won't be a problem either!

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Psychopathy is not a political position, whether labeled 'conservatism', 'centrism' or 'left'.

A tin labeled 'coffee' may be a can of worms or pathology identified by a lack of empathy/willingness to harm others to achieve personal desires.

for the reckless driver in the UK that they've been updating us about by the minute for the last 48 hours or so. I hope he loses his license. If so, CNN will be right on top of it. He might have even had equipment violations, who knows?

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child outside the US in a civilized country.

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"The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

MarilynW's picture

that I can only read the headlines of the bombshells.

Denise Levertof:

Children and animals
who cannot learn anything from suffering
suffer, are tortured, die
in incomprehension.

Thank you

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except for a couple of patsies that took the wrap for everyone else who were involved in it. This list includes the governor of Michigan and I'm not sure that anyone is surprised by this. Hell, Obama rarely spoke about what happened and he didn't even bother to go there even though he wasn't far from there during one of his numerous fundraisers.
Remember when he "drew a red line" for Assad after he accused him of using sarin gas on his citizens?

Then Trump illegally lobbed 59 missiles at the Syrian airport which he said was where the plane loaded with sarin was said to have taken off from.

It's a good thing that other countries don't treat us the same way that we treat them.

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I'm so damned sick of our government's arrogance!

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good grief

@snoopydawg
their arrogance or their high-minded sanctimony.

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@native

I don't know which is worse,

their arrogance or their high-minded sanctimony.

I'd think the former, because heavy use of something like crack, if made with a lot of neurotoxins, might explain a lot and at least make their high minded behaviour more understandable. (It's obvious that they could never even fake actually being high-minded while permitting the poisoning of human and environmental health for cash, so I'm assuming that you couldn't have been referring to that sense of the term.)

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Psychopathy is not a political position, whether labeled 'conservatism', 'centrism' or 'left'.

A tin labeled 'coffee' may be a can of worms or pathology identified by a lack of empathy/willingness to harm others to achieve personal desires.