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.
A Georgia family is suing two police officers for the death of their father, which occurred after he was Tasered at least 13 times while handcuffed. According to the allegations, officers Marcus Eberhard and Howard Weems used excessive force to subdue 24-year old subdue Gregory Lewis Towns, Jr. As Terri Osborne reports, “The lawsuit claims […]
In March 2014, Rep. Illeana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) introduced the Truth in Advertising Act of 2014, which calls on the Federal Trade Commission to regulate and reduce altered images of bodies in advertising. As Elizabeth Zwerling reports for Women’s E-News, the bill (HR 4341) has the potential to positively impact the self-perceptions of women and men […]
In June 2014, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) published a study showing that ABC World News, CBS Evening News, and NBC Nightly News give more media coverage to the 482 billionaires in the U.S. than to the 50 million people in poverty, airing almost four times as many stories that include the term “billionaire” […]
A September 30, 2014 report by YahooNews! highlighted how recent US air strikes on ISIS militant targets in Iraq and Syria reflect the US’s relaxation of its standards for killing civilians by ignoring a 2013 policy meant to reduce civilian deaths. The report followed the Obama Administration acknowledging for the first time that the strict […]
On September 27, 2014, Will Potter broke news on his website, Green is the New Red, that four individuals had been arrested and prosecuted in Utah for breaking agriculture gag laws after taking photographs of facilities belonging to Circle Four Farms. The four individuals, representatives from a non-profit organization known as Farm Animal Rights Movement […]