Sunday, October 08, 2006

Avoidance: The TOP 25 Censored Stories of 2006

What major stories did SCUM* a) ignore or b) actively censor last year?

The top one was Net Neutrality:
Throughout 2005 and 2006, a large underground debate raged regarding the future
of the Internet. More recently referred to as “network neutrality,” the issue has become a tug of war with cable companies on the one hand and consumers and Internet service providers on the other. Yet despite important legislative proposals and Supreme Court decisions throughout 2005, the issue was almost completely ignored in the headlines until 2006.1 And, except for occasional coverage on CNBC’s Kudlow & Kramer, mainstream television remains hands-off to this day (June 2006).2Most coverage of the issue framed it as an argument over regulation—but the term “regulation” in this case is somewhat misleading.
Groups advocating for “net neutrality” are not promoting regulation of internet content. What they want is a legal mandate forcing cable companies to allow internet service providers (ISPs) free access to their cable lines (called a “common carriage” agreement). This was the model used for dial-up internet, and it is the way content providers want to keep it. They also want to make sure that cable companies cannot screen or interrupt internet content without a court order.
Source:, July 18, 2005Title: “Web of Deceit: How Internet Freedom Got the Federal Ax, and Why Corporate News Censored the Story”Author: Elliot D. Cohen, Ph.D.Student Researchers: Lauren Powell, Brett Forest, and Zoe HuffmanFaculty Evaluator: Andrew Roth, Ph.D.

#2 Halliburton Charged with Selling Nuclear Technologies to Iran
According to journalist Jason Leopold, sources at former Cheney company halliburton allege that, as recently as January of 2005, Halliburton sold key
components for a nuclear reactor to an Iranian oil development company. Leopold says his Halliburton sources have intimate knowledge of the business dealings of both Halliburton and Oriental Oil Kish, one of Iran’s largest private oil companies.
Additionally, throughout 2004 and 2005, Halliburton worked closely with Cyrus Nasseri, the vice chairman of the board of directors of Iran-based Oriental Oil Kish, to develop oil projects in Iran. Nasseri is also a key member of Iran’s nuclear development team. Nasseri was interrogated by Iranian authorities in late July 2005 for allegedly providing Halliburton with Iran’s nuclear secrets. Iranian government officials charged Nasseri with accepting as much as $1 million in bribes from Halliburton for this information.
Oriental Oil Kish dealings with Halliburton first became public knowledge in January 2005 when the company announced that it had subcontracted parts of the South Pars gas-drilling project to Halliburton Products and Services, a subsidiary of Dallas-based Halliburton that is registered to the Cayman Islands. Following the announcement, Halliburton claimed that the South Pars gas field project in Tehran would be its last project in Iran. According to a BBC report, Halliburton, which took thirty to forty million dollars from its Iranian operations in 2003, “was winding down its work due to a poor business environment.”
Source:Global, August 5, 2005Title: “Halliburton Secretly Doing Business With Key Member of Iran’s Nuclear Team” Author: Jason LeopoldFaculty Evaluator: Catherine NelsonStudent Researchers: Kristine Medeiros and Pla Herr.

Click the headline of this post to link with the rest. It's pretty scary what's being suppressed.

1 comment:

kelley b. said...

The problem being the 33 % of America that remains Faithful to Dear Leader not only hasn't heard these stories.

If they did encounter them, they wouldn't believe them.

Alas, you can not fix stupid.