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.
An October 2013 report by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) stated that the Obama administration is hindering the press even more than it appears. President Obama has signed several bills in favor of press freedoms, however these are more for his own publicity then for public interest. The CPJ report outlines several policies “meant […]
The US military has been engaged in a policy of forcing wounded and disabled veterans out of service to avoid paying benefits and to make room for new able-bodied recruits. Identifying injured combat soldiers as delinquent and negligent has lead to a practice called “chaptering out” which results in those soldiers being forced to leave […]
A study conducted by Alternet has found financial ties between the Obama Administration and surveillance industries. From raw data provided by the Federal Election Commission and the Internal Revenues Service, researchers found, contrary to their initial belief, industries essential to surveillance were strong supporters of Barack Obama 2012 election campaign. These businesses contributed to Obama […]
For the first time scientists have documented dangerous levels of radioactivity and salinity at a shale gas waste disposal site. Samples taken downstream from the Joseph Brine Treatment Facility in Pennsylvania revealed radium levels 200 times greater than samples taken upstream. This level of radioactivity is above regulated levels, which normally would be approached only […]
The debate of whether or not America should militarily intervene in Syria was widely covered by major American news outlets for several weeks in August and September 2013. This public discourse took place in major news outlets including CNN, MSNBC, FOX News, Bloomberg, and the Washington Post. However, as a report by the Public Accountability […]