The seemingly brash title of Fred Peabody’s latest documentary alludes to a turn of phrase commonly posited by one of America’s most integral investigative journalists, Isidor Feinstein Stone. Initially promoting a central focus to be that of the life, times, and impact of I.F. Stone; the subsequent docu is far less a reconstruction of the writer’s life and more of how the functionality of journalism has strayed from its true purpose.
Though the presentation and pacing of the work is scatterbrained and at times more dramatic than informative, the emotional resonance through its deconstruction of the affair between mass media and the State makes for weighty subject matter. All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception, and the Spirit of I.F. Stone is an incendiary yet investigative doc that clearly states that those who remain silent are as complicit as those who perpetrate wrongdoing.
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