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.
Researched by Lizbeth Malmstead and Karene Schelert Over 5,000 U.S. physicians signed an open letter calling on the President and Congress “to stand up for the health of the American people and implement a nonprofit, single-payer national health insurance system.” The letter follows a survey in the Annals of Internal Medicine last spring that shows […]
Researched by Kerry Headley and Jenny Gibson Environmentalists blame ties between Big Coal and Congress for votes issued against bills promoting sustainable energy sources. Appalachian Voices and Oil Change International reveal that each of the top five (and nine of the top 10) recipients of coal industry money in the Senate voted against a bill […]
Researched by Kerry Headley and Natalie Dale The Obama and McCain campaigns jointly negotiated a detailed secret contract dictating the terms of the 2008 debates. This included who gets to participate, as well as the topics raised during the debates. Since 1987, a corporation called the Commission on Presidential Debates has sponsored the debates and […]
Researched by Karene Schelert and Chelsea Davis Congress is considering legislation – The Extractive Industries Transparency Disclosure Act (EITDA), introduced in August 2008 by Sen. Charles Schumer of New York that would require all oil, gas, and mining companies to publicly disclose, in their reports to the Securities and Exchange Commission, how much they pay […]
Researched by Edward Martin and Karene Schelert Toyota, the world’s largest auto manufacturer, is taking a leading role in union busting and setting the pattern for slave-like working conditions around the globe. In Japan, at its flagship operation in Toyota City, some 30 percent of the workforce are temporary workers who earn as little as […]