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The News That Didn’t Make The News

Ralph welcomes back Project Censored’s Micky Huff, to give us the rundown on the latest under-reported news stories of the year and gives us his advice on how to consume a more nutritious diet of news. Plus, Ralph expounds upon a unique idea to promote more civic engagement: The Birth Year Legacy.

 

Mickey Huff is the director of Project Censored and the founder and host of The Project Censored Show, a weekly syndicated public affairs program. He is professor of social science, history, and journalism at Diablo Valley College. He has authored and edited several books including ​​United States of Distraction: Media Manipulation in Post-Truth America (and what we can do about it)Let’s Agree to DisagreeProject Censored’s State of the Free Press 2022, and the forthcoming The Media and Me: A Guide to Critical Media Literacy for Young People.

That’s the insidious nature of the kind of censorship that the corporate media, the establishment press practice on a regular basis. They don’t follow up. They don’t follow through. And they don’t make [stories like deforestation and the seed sovereignty movement] above-the-fold, frontpage news on a regular basis, so people can be empowered to do something about it.

Mickey Huff, director of Project Censored

 

These big tech companies have this sort of persona that they’re hip and they’re cool and they’re not evil. And the reality is they’re just as big and bad as the traditional Fortune 500s.

Mickey Huff, director of Project Censored

 

You have nonprofit groups [like Amazon Watch] that in many cases are filling the void of the news desert. Those are the ones that are really paying attention to these kinds of key issues.

Mickey Huff, director of Project Censored

 

It actually is all of our job, as citizens in a purportedly free society, to become as informed as we can, and not outsource that to private, for-profit corporations.

Mickey Huff, director of Project Censored

 

Americans born in the same year will get together with one another and fund their own legacy gift to lift our country’s future… We know there’s an awful lot of unused money piling up. Trillions of dollars… It’s been called dead money. That is, it just lies there.  It doesn’t help anybody, create anything in terms of improved justice, peace.

Ralph Nader

 

Once they have the inspiration that they want to get together and make a permanent legacy gift to America, whether it’s national, regional, state — that’s the most important thing. When you take some of these dead trillions and trillions of dollars, and put it to exciting movements for a better livelihood and a better community.

Ralph Nader

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5 Comments

  1. Don Harris says:

    Ralph,
    Please leave the libraries and arboretums for other people’s birth years and make One Demand the Birth Year Legacy project for 1934.

    And you wouldn’t have to make a monetary contribution to do your part. All you have to do is make good on your statement from 10-24-2018 on Washington Journal that you would have me on the Radio Hour to discuss One Demand and encourage people to participate in One Demand.

    This would have the added benefit of putting a story into the news that is so under-reported it has not even made the under-reported stories list.

    There is still time for this to get started in 2022 to build a base that can be expanded and begin to be effective in in 2024.

    A good addition to your already extensive legacy of positive civic action.

  2. David Faubion says:

    Thoroughly enjoyed this episode of the hour. Mickey Huff is a most compelling speaker whose focus and commitment to the tradition that is Project Censored News keeps on shaking our sinking and stinking boat of mainstream news.

    Censored story 1 ‘criminal drug prices’ is a timely #1 for me. All last week I had been dwelling on a minor news story early in the year (or late in 2020) involving Ralph’s controversial claim that Speaker Pelosi was suppressing the progressive Dem’s health-care-for-all bill. The Intercept had interviewed House Rep Pramila Jayapal, co-sponsor of the bill. Jayapal refuted Ralph’s claim with a direct statement from the Speaker in which Pelosi avowed openness to the bill. ‘LOVE:’ Let Other Views be Expressed is how Pelosi re-framed the inter-Democratic Party debate on healthcare policy.

    The Intercept interview of Rep Jayapal struck me on three fronts. First, I was certain that I’d heard the Speaker verbally squelch Bernie’s and other progressive’s stumping for the single-payer bill throughout the 2020 campaign extant. Secondly, it offended me that the tone of the ‘Intercepted’ host Ryan Grim and Rep Jayapal’s caustic and shaming tone were directed at Ralph. They did not attempt to soften it, and Jayapal even laughed derisively at length.

    Finally, the interview made clear that the rift between the progressive Dems and the ‘new Dems’ (DINOs) would deepen and allow the status quo to persist because Pelosi had bridged the gulf–falsely–with her mollifying new pseudo-sincerity. She had turned the progressives into a shadow movement–instead of the over-arching trend that the Democratic base backs. So, the triune power elite of media, politicians, and their corporate backers had reared its ugly head to suppress and mutilate a news story (Project Vandalized News).

    So, why would we want to abuse our collective selves with an archaic, rickety vehicle unsafe at any speed, which is the US political system–when we could be at the wheel of a safe and sustainable 21st-century model that is widely available intact and in various parts throughout the world? “Dave, Dave, Dave buddy, it’s the arcane US political system for power and greed, stupid.”

    Right now I am happy to be reading Ari Berman’s* ‘Give Us The Ballot,’ 2017 Macmillan.’ In Chapter 6/10, Challenging the Consensus. He journalizes the event of election 2k, not mentioning the name Ralph Nader. He does cite the widespread black voter suppression, the irrefutable theft/incompetence of the Florida vote, and the secretive SCOTUS vote that selected George ‘Woose-bully’ Bush, instead of Al Gore the actual winner and happy loser. So Florida 2k makes it crystal clear how the MAGA crew came up with the idea of voter fraud as a false flag weapon and now their perennial tiki torch.

    * Ari receives the first annual Ralph Nader Radio Hour Project Un-Censored and Un-Vandalized News Award.

  3. Elisabeth says:

    McChesney’s Corporate Media and the Threat to Democracy informed us 25 years ago. So what’s new…

  4. Harvey Simon says:

    Thanks all, Indeed, today I choose Public Health as my focal point of/for activism. Other Senior Citizens’ ears perk up, like mine, when I hear the words, “health or public health” in the media. I plan on going to my Branch of the Public Library, a beautiful Carnegie Library as you were referencing on this edition of the broadcast. Perhaps be overheard in my inquiries to the Librarian, by others there and start a buzz and perhaps a new Chapter of “Congress Watch Dogs” and take back Civics as a public hobby and exercise. To be continued…

  5. Harvey Simon says:

    Great show. Ralph’s mention of the Carnegie Libraries made me think that my own local Carnegie Library might be fertile ground to start the formation of a new Chapter of “Congress Watch Dogs” We are in AOC’s 14th Congressional District. What wasn’t I thinking before? To be continued…