Project Censored - Peter Phillips and Mickey Huff Speak Out


Censored 2011, co-edited by Mickey Huff and Peter Phillips

Listen to Progressive Radio Network from 5 pm -6 pm (EST) to the Community Currency Radio Show to hear about Project Censored with Mickey Huff and Peter Phillips (Speaking live from the 6th Annual 9/11 Truth Film Festival).

Project Censored's mission is to teach students and the public about the role of a free press in a free society – and to tell the News That Didn’t Make the News and Why. Project Censored began over 30 years ago, in 1976, as an epiphany within the mind of Carl Jensen, now Professor Emeritus, Communications Studies, Sonoma State University, California (SSU). Carl realized that vital information was being continuously and systematically filtered by a news media industry owned by fewer and fewer corporations. The idea was to have a group of respected scholars find and select 25 under-reported, misrepresented, or frankly censored news stories over the preceding year that were of maximal importance to the public. This effort gradually evolved into formal courses of study at SSU. This month, Censored 2011, edited by Mickey Huff and Peter Phillips, chronicling the 25 most censored stories of 2009/2010 will be released.

When Dr. Carl Jensen retired in 1996, the project was passed to Dr. Peter Phillips, award winning Professor of Sociology at SSU where he teaches on Media Censorship, Power, Class Statification, and Social Welfare. Peter has authored, or co-authored several books including Impeach the President; The case Against Bush and Cheney, and Project Censored Guide to Independent Media and Activism, along with the Project Censored yearbooks dating from 1997. Peter Phillips, Phd. is now director emeritus of Project Censored, and president of the Media Freedom Foundation. He is known for his op-ed pieces in the alternative press and independent newspapers nationwide, and the winner of the 2009 Dallas Smythe Award, presented by the Union for Democratic Communication.

After completing thirteen Censored books, Peter has passed the mantle to Mickey Huff, Associate Professor of History at Diablo Valley College, former Adjunct Lecturer in Sociology at Sonoma State University, and the previous Co-Director of the alternative public opinion research agency Retropoll, in Berkeley. Mickey now serves as the Director of Project Censored, and is a fellow board member of Media Freedom Foundation, working with Professor Phillips.
Mickey teaches courses in U.S. Media History, Sociology of Media and Censorship, Propaganda and Media Studies, Critical Thinking concerning 9/11 and American Empire, and Popular Culture. He designed and taught classes on “History of U.S. Media” at Berkeley City College, Critical Reasoning in History, “America, 9/11, and the War on Terror: Media Myth Making and the Propaganda of Historical Construction,” and “American Popular Culture and Mass Media in Historical Perspectives” at Diablo Valley College.

The new Censored 2010 introduces a Truth Emergency section which showcases the work of scholars and independent journalists including Dr. Lance de Haven Smith, Dr. David Ray Griffin, Nora Barrows-Friedman, Dr. Robert Abele, and Dr. Andrew Roth addressing State Crimes Against Democracy (SCADs), WTC Building 7 (The third building destroyed on 9/11, which was not hit by an airplane and sustained less damage than other buildings that did not fall. The most plausible explanation, controlled demolition, has been attacked or ignored by government scientists in what seems to be violation of the scientific method itself. Nearly half the US population still has no knowledge of this building and the 9/11 Commission did not even mention it in its report- a testimony to the ongoing censorship of this topic), the plight of Palestinian peoples, the failures of corporate media to report on Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs), and just war theory, how corporate media and the military industrial complex merge to generate pro military propaganda.

They will both be speaking at the 6th Annual 9/11 Truth Film Festival Thursday, September 9, 2010 at the Grand Lake Theater in Oakland.

The weekly Community Currency Radio Show is hosted by Carol Brouillet, a longtime activist who organized three conferences on Strategies to Transform the Global Economy and (the first) marches on her Senators and Congresswoman in January 2002 to Demand a Congressional Investigation of 9-11. She publishes the Deception Dollars, Perception Dollars, and Co-Founded the 9-11 Truth Alliance, and the Northern California 9-11 Truth Alliance . She organized premieres of films, educational events, marches, rallies for 9-11 Truth, the San Francisco International Inquiry into 9-11, and produced the film Behind Every Terrorist- There is a Bush. She is currently organizing the 9th Annual 9/11 Truth Rally/March- Theme - Satyagraha - Truth Force beginning at the panhandle @10 am (between Oak and Fell @ Ashbury), marching @11 am to the 12th Annual Power to the Peaceful Festival.

P.S. Last week's show on State Crimes Against Democracy with Laurie Manwell did not take place as scheduled due to bad weather! Laurie wrote: " caught in a really bad thunderstorm on the way and had to pull off the road (three ambulances drove by on the way there). I just got here and saw these messages (the power was out for a bit too)." I had hoped we could try again this week, but it is impossible for her to do the show. Last week's September 2, 2010 show did take place and was on-

Overcoming Psychological Barriers to 9/11 Truth with Chuck Millar
Chuck Millar received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies and has been in private practice as a Marriage and Family Therapist since 1987. He has been a 9/11 Truth activist since 2003, attending numerous demonstrations, and engaging in conversations with a wide range of people with varying beliefs, knowledge and ideas about the 9/11 events. Chuck is also a free-lance technical editor and has edited many press releases and promotional documents for the Northern California 9/11 Truth Alliance (and has helped mediate conflicts which have arisen within the group). He spoke on Overcoming Individual Denial to 9/11 Truth on a June 9th, 2008 radio show.

We discussed some of the history of the 9/11 Truth Movement and the latest developments and events. Next week Northern California 9/11 Truth Alliance will be putting on the 6th Annual 9/11 Truth Film Festival in San Francisco, Oakland and San Leandro, and the 9th Annual Truth Rally/March to the 12th Annual Power to the Peaceful Festival. In Washington, DC and New York City there will also be conferences and actions (See for details.) We also discussed the newly launched Building What? campaign.

Chuck noted that simply arousing people's curiosity and offering them new information that they never encountered before was very effective. Building 7 can be a good entry into 9/11 truth for many people. Simply showing them a clip of building 7 going down, over and over again, is often convincing to people who are visually oriented. This is especially effective when shown in parallel with other controlled demolitions and with buildings that have burned for 18 hours and not collapsed.

Chuck pointed out that it is never helpful to tell someone that they are in denial about what really happened on 9/11. Instead of thinking in terms of breaking through someone's denial, it is more helpful to realize that we are simply trying to persuade them of what we believe to be true, just as they are trying to persuade us of their understanding of what happened.

It may be difficult for people to consider an alternative to the official story, because the official story was implanted at a time of great fear and shock on 9/11 and the days immediately following, and the fear and shock were reinforced by the media using repeated showings of the two towers going down. When people are afraid and in shock, they turn toward authority figures and are very willing to accept whatever they are told, especially if it involves an external enemy who is demonized. This is exactly what Bush did, so it is difficult for many people to even consider an alternative version of what happened and who was responsible.

There are some people who will never accept 9/11 truth, so we might as well not even devote our energy to trying to convince them. For those who may accept it, we need to discuss with them any doubts they might have about the official story, reinforce those doubts, and then gradually introduce new information. When you have introduced too much information you will encounter resistance, which means that you need to back off instead of dumping more information on them. Many people need to see the same information 8 or 9 times before they are ready to accept it. Chuck also mentioned his belief that 9/11 truth is a very important tool for breaking free of the cultural trance so that they can see how we as a people have been manipulated into wars throughout history. As each person sees through the cultural myth that the official story represents, we move closer to a tipping point where a higher consciousness becomes available to everyone. This show archived here

Chuck Millar