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

91 minutes 2017

Director Fred Peabody interviews several generations of left-leaning journalists (Carl Bernstein, Amy Goodman, Michael Moore, Cenk Uygur, Glenn Greenwald, Matt Taibbi, Jeremy Scahill, John Carlos Frey) about their professional debt to Izzy Stone, the legendary investigative reporter whose weekly independent newsletter exposed government perfidy in the 1950s and '60s. The talking-heads commentary is like an echo chamber, zeroing in on the willingness of mainstream news organizations to collaborate with the federal government in a shared narrative and to narcotize their readers and viewers with celebrity bullshit. You won't learn much about Stone from watching this, but thanks to some of the participants, you'll learn about some criminally underreported stories, like the mass immigrant graves uncovered in Falfurrias, Texas—which is probably what Stone would have preferred anyway.

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