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.
President Johnson’s War on Poverty (1964-1970) laid out an ambitious set of welfare programs for low-income families by treating the symptoms of poverty—hunger, lack of medical care and education. It also stigmatized and humiliated those in need. TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) replaced welfare in the mid-‘90s. In this program, single mothers who […]
Media analysts observe how journalists refrain from using the word “rape” to describe incidents of sexual assault. Instead, news outlets downplay the humiliation and cruelty entailed in these acts by referring to them as “sex crimes,” “inappropriate sexual activity,” or “forced sex,” even though such acts are legally recognized as “rape.” “‘Rape’, along with […]
Oil-laden debris on beaches and dwindling seafood catches are among the disturbing signs of an ecosystem in crisis four years after BP’s catastrophic 2010 oil well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico, Dahr Jamail reports. “It’s disturbing what we’re seeing,” commercial oyster fisherman Brad Robin said. “We don’t have any more baby crabs, which […]
German researchers argue that attempts to artificially geoengineer the earth’s climate would likely cause worse effects than presently forecasted climate change trends. David Keller and colleagues from the Helmholtz Center for Ocean Research in Kiel, Germany report findings based on an earth system model that replicated five different strategies to reduce global warming and […]
US corporate media hailed the arrest of alleged Mexican drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera, whose Sinaloa Cartel is among the most powerful transnational drug traffickers. US Attorney General Eric Holder called the arrest a “landmark achievement.” Yet the fanfare surrounding Guzmán’s arrest obscures how the infamous Sinaloa Cartel received assistance in its […]