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ALL GOVERNMENTS LIE: TRUTH, DECEPTION, AND THE SPIRIT OF I.F. STONE

ALL GOVERNMENTS LIE: TRUTH, DECEPTION, AND THE SPIRIT OF I.F. STONE

Fred Peabody · Canada · 2016 · 91 mins · Not Rated
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To read the headlines, you’d think the toxic phenomenon of fake news was created during the recent U.S. presidential cycle. But this new Canadian documentary lucidly argues that powerful interests have been creating supercharged fake stories for decades to advance their own nefarious interests. And the institutional media have too often blithely played along.
In the 1960s, the independent, adversarial journalist I.F. Stone was one of the few to question the U.S. government’s story about North Vietnamese aggression, which provided the pretext for greater U.S. military involvement in the region. Stone – approvingly dubbed “the first blogger” by Glenn Greenwald, one of the journalists who brought Edward Snowden’s story to the world – is the godfather of the indie journos spotlighted here: Amy Goodman and her truth-tellers at Democracy Now!, Cenk Uygur (The Young Turks), Jeremy Scahill (who, with Greenwald, founded The Intercept), John Carlos Frey, Michael Moore and Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi.
If much of the doc feels like a rehash
it has gained new urgency since its debut last September, before the election of a habitual liar to the White House. Amid weaponized lies and a cratering media economy, the media seem at a loss over how to weaponize facts.
Perhaps the most chilling comment in the doc comes from Stone’s son, Jeremy, who recalled his father telling him: “If something goes wrong with the government, a free press will ferret it out, and it’ll get fixed. But
if something goes wrong with the free press, the country will go straight to hell.” –The Globe and Mail "AN URGENT AND FASCINATING DOCUMENTARY!" --Variety

Talking heads including Michael Moore, Noam Chomsky and Ralph Nader. Featuring footage from the last six decades, “All Governments Lie” is a timely, convincing documentary that will cause audiences to question what they see and read. --Los Angeles Times
Cast Amy Goodman, Myra MacPherson, Nermeen Shaikh, Matt Taibbi
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