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.
By Dean Walker Some might recall the story, reported in early December, on the Columbia University memo to foreign affairs students interested in working for the State Department. The memo instructed students to avoid writing or talking about information derived from the WikiLeaks releases. At the time, the government shrugged off the memo and articles […]
There is an absolute emergency going on in the country and Congress refuses to see it. In spite of the unemployment rate at a disheartening 9.8%, Congress is considering more tax breaks for the rich and cutting back on programs for the rest of us. Congress doesn’t see the old, crumbling downtown with empty storefronts, […]
Since the September 11, 2001 attacks, Muslims have been among the chief targets of the U.S. government’s “war on terror.” As a result, Muslims in communities across the U.S. have been subjected to both heightened surveillance and privacy invasions, resulting in the arrests of thousands of Muslim Americans, especially evident amongst the Muslim male population. […]
The rise in higher education costs (which rose 80% from 1996-2006) combined with drastic cuts in public funding of colleges and universities has culminated in high levels of personal debt that threaten the financial future of young adults entering post-graduate life. As administered during the last decade, especially, student loans often create a vicious cycle […]
The Bush administration’s undercover relationships with owners of mainstream media corporations like Fox News, ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC, and others led to the intimidation of news reporters, who failed to report the truth about the U.S. invasion of Iraq. In fact, the corporate media played a major role in promoting the U.S. invasion of Iraq […]