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America's free press imitates the Cheshire cat

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The Quislings who tout America's free press seem to have forgotten or are ignoring the dire predictions in the 1947 <a href =click here;Hutchins Commission's Report</a> on the press which warned: "As the importance of communication has increased, its control has come into fewer hands."

In analyzing the Hutchins Report, <a href =http://www.nieman.harvard.edu/reportsitem.aspx?id=100550>Louis M. Lyons said</a>: "It is directly because newspaper publishers as a class are among the most conservative groups in America that newspaper performance is as uninspired, as unoriginal, and uninformed as it is."

<a href =http://myhome.sunyocc.edu/~saizl/saizjquotes.html&gt;Zechariah Chaffee, Jr.</a> agreed: "The sovereign press for the most part acknowledge accountability to no one except its owners and publishers."

In an effort to compile an accurate assessment of the quality of Rupert Murdock's job performance as America's Editor-in-chief, we picked up a copy of Carl Jensen's book, "20 Years of Censored News" (copyrighted 1997), and started to see if the underreported stories from 1976 to 1995 indicate that the Hitchins Commission was a misguided example of ducky-lucky style overreaction or if it was a spot-on example of prescient concern.

<a href =http://www.projectcensored.org/&gt;Project Censored</a> in those twenty years focused attention on stories that are still not going to get much time on Fox.

In 1976 their number four story was "Why oil prices go up."

The topic of Illegal aliens was their number ten story in 1977. Since 1977 the USA has been under the control of Republican Presidents for ten of the ensuing 33 years. Apparently the Republicans have gotten their act together now and will solve this problem if they can get their guy into the White House in 2012.

Project Censored's number three story in 1978 was "The Government's War on Scientist Who Know Too Much." Were they worried about the polar bears back then? No. They thought radiation in a workplace might cause cancer.

PBS as the "oil network" was the Project Censored number eight story for 1979. The ads don't have any effect on editorial content now do they?

In 1980 the number two stories was about NSA eavesdropping on Americans. How else where they going to protect us from a potential 9-11?

1981 #3 The story asserted that Camp Libertad in Florida was training folks to become terrorists.

1982 # 6 The story was Ronald Reagan as America's Chief censor. David Burnham, in the New York Times reported: "In its first 21 months in office, the Reagan Administration has taken several actions that reduce the information available to the public about the operation of the government, the economy, the environment, and public health." Wasn't he just trying to help Rupert protect you from news that would spoil your digestion?

1983 #10 "The DOD's Cost-plus Contracting System Taxpayer Swindle" How ya gonna make a profit on World Peace?

1984 # CIA and the Death Squads Immoral and Illegal

1985 #5 Media Merger Mania Threatens Free Flow of Information

1986 #2 Official U.S. Censorship: Less Access to Less Information

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