Attention, WND newshounds! As it does every year, is inviting readers to submit their candidates for the most “spiked” stories of the year in our interactive forum, “Operation Spike!”

While most news organizations present year-end retrospective replays of what they consider to have been the top news stories of the previous 12 months, WND’s editors have always found it more newsworthy to publish a compilation of the important stories most ignored by the establishment press.

WND Editor and CEO Joseph Farah has sponsored “Operation Spike” every year since 1988, and since founding WorldNetDaily in May 1997 has continued the annual tradition. For the past five years, WND has invited its readers to join in and submit what they considered the most underreported stories of the past year in the site’s “Operation Spike” forum.

Last year, WorldNetDaily’s “readers’ choice” picks for the 10 most underreported stories of 2001 were:

  1. Christian persecution worldwide

  2. The real story of Islamic militancy worldwide

  3. The continued cover-up of both the alleged Middle Eastern connection to the Oklahoma City bombing, and the likelihood that TWA Flight 800 was shot down by a missile

  4. Out-of-control illegal immigration across the Mexican border – including Middle Eastern illegals – and the refusal of U.S. political leaders to stop it

  5. Saudi Arabia’s support for Islamic terrorism

  6. Potential adverse impact to American citizens of the USA PATRIOT Act and other post-9/11 legislation and executive orders

  7. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals’ Oct. 16, 2001, decision affirming the individual right to keep and bear arms in the historic U.S. v. Emerson case

  8. The denial of water to the farmers in Klamath Falls, Ore.

  9. The failure of the IRS to investigate tax fraud on the part of Jesse Jackson and the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, as well as Jackson’s extortion of money and influence from large companies using the threat of racial discrimination

  10. The Clintons’ exit from the White House and the attendant scandals – and the lack of prosecution for them

From spikes to scoops

As a rule, several of the stories WND designates each year as having been underreported or “spiked” in the year just past turn out to be banner-headline stories in the mainstream press the following year.

For instance, among 2000’s “spiked” winners were:

  • “Palestinian kids raised to be martyrs,” citing many WND reports warning of the widespread and growing phenomenon of grooming young Muslim males to be terrorists and suicide bombers. The following year, on Sept. 11, 2001, the rest of the news media picked up on the story.

  • Another 2000 “spike” was “border wars on the U.S.-Mexico boundary.” Again, although WND published 11 such exclusive news reports that year on the escalating friction along the vast U.S.-Mexican border, the seemingly important story attracted little other national press coverage – until Sept. 11, when the urgency of homeland security made America’s borders more interesting to the establishment press.

Same thing with 2001’s list of top “spikes”:

  • “Saudi Arabia’s support for Islamic terrorism,” virtually off the radar of most of the press during 2001, has ballooned into an ongoing, multi-faceted, high profile news story during much of 2002.

  • Likewise with another 2001 “spike” pick – “Potential adverse impact to American citizens of the USA PATRIOT Act.” Today, one year later, at least 18 U.S. cities are openly and formally challenging the federal government over the constitutionality of the PATRIOT Act and are in fact refusing to cooperate with its implementation out of concerns over breaches of citizens’ rights.

So join in and speak your mind now. All suggestions submitted to the forum will be evaluated by WND editors, and the very best will be compiled into a Top 10-style report.

Submit your choice for the most spiked story of 2002.

Related stories:

10 most ‘spiked’ stories of 2001

Most under-reported stories of 2000

Biggest spikes of 1999

Most under-reported stories of ’97

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