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Mickey Huff

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Mickey Huff

Savage Minds Podcast

Mickey Huff, director of Project Censored and president of the nonprofit Media Freedom Foundation, discusses the state of legacy media and the urgent need for critical media literacy today. Reviewing how corporate media covers the news filling its pages with junk food news stories that perpetuate stories of “billionaires in space” and Hollywood scandals, Huff notes how propaganda often thrives on censorship, noting that the best propaganda is largely true but is often missing certain crucial elements that would allow the public to analyse issues more in-depth. Huff elaborates how legacy media uses public concern for “disinformation” to regain control of the narrative by proclaiming anything that does not mirror establishment media as “fake news.” Huff states that this is a transparent twist on censorship and the curation of information. Reviewing the conflicts of interest within organisational alliances that inform legacy media content, Huff scrutinises the Disinformation Governance Board, chaired by co-author of the Patriot Act, Michael Chertoff, and Facebook’s official fact-checker, the Atlantic Council, a lobby arm of NATO. Huff surveys recent neoliberal political narratives that pretend that “fake news” was uniquely a problem during Donald Trump’s presidency while he vituperates the “reactionary control of the narrative” which he claims is “another form of propaganda that wants to get people to accept the notion that there is a form of censorship that’s good for us.” Get full access to Savage Minds at savageminds.substack.com/subscribe

1hr 14mins

23 Jun 2022

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Let’s Agree to Disagree w/ Mickey Huff & Nolan Higdon/Origins: Birth of a Pandemic w/ John Duffy

Parallax Views w/ J.G. Michael

On this edition of Parallax Views, Project Censored's Mickey Huff and Nolan Higdon return to the program to discuss their new book, available now from Routledge, Let’s Agree to Disagree A Critical Thinking Guide to Communication, Conflict Management, and Critical Media Literacy. This was recorded around the time that Mia Janowicz and the Department of Homeland Security's Disinformation Governance Board was in the news so we also delve into issues related to censorship and corporate media bias. In the course of our conversation we also touch upon critical theory and Frankfurt School thinkers like Herbert Marcuse, the abortion debate, and much, much more! In the second segment of the show, a previously unpublished conversation from early 2022 in which J.G. spoke with friend of the show and returning guest John Duffy (co-author with Ray Nowosielski of The Watchdogs Didn't Bark: The CIA, NSA, and the Crimes of the War on Terror and the investigative documentary podcast After The Uprising: The Death Of Danyé Dion Jones) to discuss Duffy's latest docu-podcast Origins: Birth of a Pandemic, which investigates the issue of COVID and the lab leak hypothesis. In the conversation we discuss a number of topics including biolabs and biodefense, Anthony Fauci, Peter Daszak and the EcoHealth Alliance, biosafety, and much, much more!


13 Jun 2022

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Mickey Huff: Can We Trust Anything We Read in the Media These Days?

Keen On

Hosted by Andrew Keen, Keen On features conversations with some of the world’s leading thinkers and writers about the economic, political, and technological issues being discussed in the news, right now.In this episode, Andrew is joined by Mickey Huff, co-author of The Media and Me: A Guide to Critical Media Literacy for Young People.Mickey Huff is director of Project Censored and the president of the Media Freedom Foundation. He has edited or coedited ten volumes of in the Censored book series and contributed numerous chapters to these annuals since 2008. He has also co-authored essays on media and propaganda for other scholarly publications. He is professor of social science and history at Diablo Valley College, where he co-chairs the History Department; he is also a lecturer in the Communications Department at California State University, East Bay, and has taught Sociology of Media at Sonoma State University. Huff is executive producer and cohost of The Project Censored Show, the weekly syndicated program that originates from KPFA in Berkeley. He is a cofounding member of the Global Critical Media Literacy Project sits on the advisory board for the Media Literacy and Digital Culture graduate program at Sacred Heart University, and serves on the editorial board for the journal Secrecy and Society. Huff works with the national outreach committee of Banned Books Week, the American Library Association, and the National Coalition Against Censorship, of which Project Censored is a member. He is the critical media literacy consultant for the educational Internet startup, Tribeworthy.com, He regularly gives interviews on critical media literacy, propaganda, censorship issues, and contemporary historiography. He is a musician and composer and lives with his family in Northern California. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


25 Apr 2022

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How would more critical thinking promote a healthy democracy? | Prof. Mickey Huff & Dr Nolan Higdon | 13

Healthy Discussions

How much of a problem is fake news for Western democracy? Can people learn to think critically to promote open debate? Can the left respond to Jordan Peterson's critiques of critical theory and critical race theory? And are there liberal thinkers who actually support free speech?   In this amazing conversation, Zack speaks to Mickey and Nolan about their new book, "Let's Agree to Disagree: A Critical Thinking Guide to Communication, Conflict Management and Critical Media Literacy."   Prof. Mickey Huff is professor of social science, history, and journalism at Diablo Valley Community College, California and the director of Project Censored, an organisation which promotes the role of the free press and analyses "junk food" news.  Dr Nolan Higdon is an author and university lecturer of history and media studies at the University of California. He is also the founding member of the Critical Media Literacy Conference of the Americas. // Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/3AD4RHXiy6Q // Nolan and Mickey's Links 📖 Let's agree to disagree - https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1032169044/ref=nosim?tag=drzackhassa06-21 🐤 Twitter: @Nolan_Higdon / @Mythinfo 🍵 Project Censored: https://www.projectcensored.org/ // About the host I'm Zack Hassan, a junior doctor living in Edinburgh, Scotland who studied at Cambridge University. I'm passionate about teaching others the critical thinking and speaking skills to articulate their ideas as powerfully as possible. Healthy Discussions is about applying those skills to problems in wider society through open discussion and rational debate. // Socials –> Twitter - @MontereyZack -> LinkedIn-> "Thinking Allowed" - my free Personal Email Newsletter with my favourite links and thoughts -> YouTube Channel  // Credits Music - Overriding Concern by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4187-overriding-concern License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ // Buy me a coffee if you like the content! https://www.buymeacoffee.com/zackhassan


20 Apr 2022

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The Cloak-and-Dagger, Hall of Mirrors World of the Donbass w/ Aaron Lake Smith/Project Censored’s State of the Free Press 2022 w/ Mickey Huff

Parallax Views w/ J.G. Michael

On this edition of Parallax Views, journalist Aaron Lake Smith joins Parallax Views to discuss his 2018 Harper's Magazine article detailing his trip to the Russian separatist breakaway republics in the Donbass entitled "Light in the Donbass Window". We discuss the pro-Russian Luhansk People's Republic and Donetsk People's Republic seeking to break away from Ukraine and the strange mix of supporters and foreign volunteers this has brought to Donbass including tankies (hard leftists who oppose American imperialism and NATO; this came up because the article was originally titled "Tankieland"), Nazbols (National Bolsheviks, a performance art prank created by Eduard Liminov that has since turned into an ideology/movement), Duginists (adherents to the Eurasianist philosophy of Aleksander Dugin), and others. Reporting on the "International Fascist Conference" in the Donbass, Aaron met a wide variety of individuals who supported the People's Republics of Donetsk and Luhansk. But he quickly began to consider that these various individuals were caught in the cross-hairs of a spy-vs-spy style hall-of-mirrors world. In other words, a seeming proxy war between Russian and NATO. Aaron also details the rotating cast of characters in the two People's Republics' leadership positions as well as the deaths and mysterious disappearances of many in the middle of this strange saga. It's a story of information warfare, cloak-and-dagger intrigues, and tankies. In the second segment of the show, Mickey Huff of the long-running media watchdog non-profit Project Censored joined me to discuss Project Censored's State of the Free Press 2022 (edited by Mickey Huff and Andy Lee Roth). We discuss the problems facing news media today including junk food news, "humilitainment", the problems of corporate media, state-run media, censorship, how the stories for State of the Free Press are collated each year, Palestinian activists and the Canary Mission, free speech, and much, much more!

1hr 37mins

10 Mar 2022

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#254 - Cesspools Of Sensationalism with Mickey Huff

Taboo Table Talk with Krish Mohan

From Project Censored, Mickey Huff discusses what the code of ethics for journalists are as well as how corporate media is deteriorating critical thought. This is an incredibly important episode in today’s day and age & in light of recent events.  Go to www.projectcensored.org Ethics Of Journalism 1. Seek Truth  2. Minimize Harm 3. Act Independently; Ask Who Benefits 4. Be Accountable & Transparent Follow, Donate & Subscribe: https://linktr.ee/KrishMohanHaha

1hr 22mins

10 Mar 2022

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246. Mickey Huff and Andy Lee Roth: Project Censored’s State of the Free Press

Town Hall Seattle Civics Series

How healthy is journalism in the United States today? Andy Lee Roth and Mickey Huff of Project Censored joined us for a conversation on this topic, espousing their view of corporate media biases, censorship, and the importance of independent journalism, and the state of the free press. Project Censored was founded in 1976 by Dr. Carl Jensen at Sonoma State University to research and publicize news media censorship in the news, and to develop students’ critical thinking skills and media literacy. That same year, The Project produced its first list of important but under-reported news stories, a tradition that endures to this day. Roth and Huff shared the biggest stories from the most recent yearbook, endeavoring to expose the corporate media’s failures to cover systemic social problems, including the deadly consequences of enduring economic inequality, attacks on freedom of expression, and the plight of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. They presented documentation of double standards and skewed framing that they believe have served to mystify the public about COVID-19, obscure the events surrounding the Black Lives Matter uprisings of 2020, and quash urgent conversations about universal healthcare, stimulus payments, and the U.S. government’s response to the pandemic. Tune in for some critical media literacy skills and an illuminating discussion about the state of the free press. Mickey Huff has been director of Project Censored since 2010; president of the nonprofit Media Freedom Foundation since 2016; and co-host and executive producer of The Project Censored Show on Pacifica Radio, since 2010. In 2019, he co-authored United States of Distraction: Media Manipulation in Post-Truth America (And What We Can Do About It). Huff is a professor of social science and history at Diablo Valley College, where he co-chairs the History program and is chair of the Journalism Department. He also serves on the editorial board for the journal Secrecy and Society, the advisory board at the crowd contested media site Credder.com, as well as the board of the nonprofit Behind the Headlines. Andy Lee Roth is associate director of Project Censored and coordinator of the Project’s Campus Affiliates Program. His research and writing have been published in a variety of outlets, including Index on Censorship, In These Times, YES! Magazine, Media, Culture & Society, and the International Journal of Press/Politics. Roth has taught courses in Sociology at Citrus College, Pomona College, Sonoma State University, the College of Marin, and Bard College, and he serves on the board of the Media Freedom Foundation. Buy the Book: https://www.elliottbaybook.com/book/9781644210260 Presented by Town Hall Seattle. To become a member or make a donation click here. 

1hr 6mins

5 Aug 2021

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Fake News, Who Runs the Media, and How to Better Navigate It w/ Mickey Huff

Have You Considered?

Today I speak with Mickey Huff who is the director of Project Censored, an independent news organization that aims to educate and inform worldwide citizens in the inner workings of government, industry and large scale issues globally and at home. We speak about the phenomenon of Fake News, censorship, the history and motives of mainstream media, and much more. As stated in the podcast, if anyone wants to further examine this topic, I have picked up 10 of the most recent "Censored" books with the intention of sharing the wealth of valuable information with those interested. Hope everyone enjoys the conversation and questions why do we consume the media we do. 

1hr 14mins

18 Oct 2020

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Make America Think Again – Mickey Huff at the 56th Annual Faculty Lecture at DVC

The Official Project Censored Show

As well as being the director of Project Censored, Mickey Huff is a faculty member at California's Diablo Valley College. This past April, he was invited to deliver the annual Faculty Lecture (via Zoom); he spoke on the topic “Make America Think Again: How to Think Critically and Speak Civilly to Each Other in a Contentious Election Year (During a Pandemic).” Drawing on his years of teaching and research, his talk explored both distant and recent media history, and offered ideas for both individual and societal action to deal with the myriad challenges we now face. His speech, excerpted for this week's program, was the 56th annual Faculty Lecture at DVC.Notes:Mickey Huff is professor of social science and history, co-chair of History, and chair of the Journalism Department at Diablo Valley College in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he has taught for 20 years. He is also the director of Project Censored, president of the Media Freedom Foundation, and the co-editor of Project Censored's annual collection of censored or underreported stories. His most recent books include United States of Distraction: Media Manipulation in Post-Truth America (and what we can do about it), co-authored with Nolan Higdon, published by City Lights Books in San Francisco (2019), and Censored 2020: Through the Looking Glass, co-edited with Andy Lee Roth (2019).

28 Sep 2020

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Catching Up w/ Project Censore'd Mickey Huff (VIDEO + AUDIO)

Parallax Views w/ J.G. Michael

Mickey Huff of the media watchdog/media literacy group Project Censored returns to Parallax Views for a video chat about the project's latest works including the e-book compilation Censored News on Policing and Prisons and the documentary The United State of Distraction: Fighting the Fake News Invasion. Links: https://www.projectcensored.org/ https://www.projectcensored.org/united-states-of-distraction-fighting-the-fake-news-invasion/ https://www.projectcensored.org/product/censored-news-on-policing-and-prisons-e-book/ https://www.patreon.com/parallaxviews


23 Jul 2020