“Canadian documentary All Governments Lie 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, journalist I.F. Stone was one of the few to question the U.S. government’s story about North Vietnamese aggression in the Gulf of Tonkin, which provided the pretext for greater U.S. military involvement in the region. Stone is the godfather of the indie journos spotlighted here by director Fred Peabody: Amy Goodman and her ragtag group of 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.
“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.” - Globe and Mail