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All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception, and the Spirit of I.F. Stone (2016)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 4 November 2016 (USA)
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A look at the life and work of American journalist, I.F. Stone, who leads a one-man crusade against government deception.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
I.F. Stone I.F. Stone ... Himself - Investigative journalist (archive footage)
Chris Hedges Chris Hedges ... Himself - Former correspondent, The New York Times
Leslie Moonves ... Himself, president of CBS (voice) (archive footage)
Jeff Cohen Jeff Cohen ... Himself, founding director, Park Center for Independent Media
Matt Taibbi ... Himself - Contributing Editor, Rolling Stone magazine
John Carlos Frey John Carlos Frey ... Himself - Independent journalist
Colin Powell ... Himself (archive footage)
Henry Kissinger ... Himself (archive footage)
Ralph Nader ... Himself, author and political activist
Amy Goodman ... Herself, host and executive producer, Democracy Now!
Jeremy Scahill ... Himself, co-founder, The Intercept
Erin McLaughlin Erin McLaughlin ... Herself, reporter, CNN (archive footage)
Glenn Greenwald ... Himself, co-founder, The Intercept
Edward Snowden ... Himself (archive footage)
Laura Poitras ... Herself, co-founder, The Intercept (archive footage)
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A look at the life and work of American journalist, I.F. Stone, who leads a one-man crusade against government deception.

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4 November 2016 (USA) See more »

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All Governments Lie See more »

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Himself - Independent journalist: Media executives for the most part - people who make decisions on what's on television - are really some of the most ill-informed people when it comes to the news itself. The choices that are made are entertainment-based: Who's pretty? Who speaks English? These are things that I'm asked when I'm pitching a story. They're not going to watch a bunch of bodies exhumed from a gravesite, and seeing law enforcement held accountable; that's not something that's savory.
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Most Reporters Don't Care
25 August 2018 | by kovyhartSee all my reviews

That's a direct quote near the tail end of this wonderful documentary on how all governments lie. Unfortunately, that includes most of the mainstream media many of us have relied on and trusted for our news forever. I came around a few years ago, realizing how skewed their views are and how untruthful they can be most of the time.

I really enjoyed the different first hand interviews with real journalists, who work independently for media groups that aren't part of the corporate world. Corporations and media giants are what's wrong. Particularly flawed newspapers like The New York Times, which took a beating for their reliance on sources that worked as government plants when it came to Iraq. You didn't have to be a brain surgeon to figure that out.

I particularly liked what Jeremy Scahill had to say during the piece, including some short but excellent advice to new journalists.

"If you care, your job is to be objective."

Most aren't. There is a lot to digest in the documentary. It's well worth the watch.


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