Validated Independent News stories (VINs) report information and perspective that the public has a right and need to know, but to which it has limited access. Before being posted as a VIN, each story undergoes evaluation by student researchers and faculty evaluators to determine that it is important, timely, fact-based, well documented, and under-reported in the corporate media. These VINs are candidates for inclusion among the top 25 stories in Project Censored’s annual book.
In May 2014, National Nurses United—the largest nurses organization in the US—charged Community Health Systems—a giant corporate operator of hospitals—with pressuring a billboard company to remove billboards that criticized the CHS’s high charges. NNU started the billboard campaign as a response to data indicating that CHS hospitals charges some of the highest costs in the […]
Despite evidence to the contrary, US policy makers and corporate media have intentionally neglected to report that neo-Nazi militias played a central role in the February 22, 2014 overthrow of President Viktor Yanukovych. Robert Parry reports, “The U.S. media’s take on the Ukraine crisis is that a ‘democratic revolution’ ousted President Viktor Yanukovych, followed by […]
Russia’s occupation of Crimea has caused US corporate media and government officials to call for a stern US response. Secretary of State John Kerry declaimed the Russian intervention as “a Nineteenth Century act in the Twenty-first Century.” What Russia’s US critics seem to forget, Robert Parry reports, is the United States’ own history of overthrowing […]
Previous to Booz Allen Hamilton contractor Edward Snowden’s leak of classified records to The Guardian, major U.S. newspapers did mediocre reporting on the National Security Agency’s (NSA) domestic surveillance program STELLARWIND (Stellar Wind) that collected “bulk metadata.” Initiated under the Bush Administration and identified as the “President’s Surveillance Program,” STELLARWIND ended in 2011, as Glenn […]
Apple is the most valuable brand in the world, worth an approximate $98 billion. One would expect that such a company would be above taking financial short cuts but a January 2014 assessment by Nicki Lisa Cole at Counterpunch reveals disturbing malpractices by the company, including profiting from unregulated tin mining in Indonesia, unlawful labor […]