By Janine Jackson
CounterSpin / Fairness & Accuracy In Media (12/20/17)
Janine Jackson: There’s a moment early on in the new documentary All Governments Lie where we see a clip from The Wizard of Oz: the revelation that the thunderous and awe-inspiring Great Oz is just a regular man with some powerful technology—the man behind the curtain. Unearthing and exposing the actions of the powerful was the driving impulse of the work of journalist I.F. Stone, whose fearless newsletter, I.F. Stone’s Weekly, was published from the early ’50s to the early ’70s. The film explores how Stone’s work and spirit continue to influence and guide radical, independent reporters today.
All Governments Lie is directed by Fred Peabody. We’re joined now by one of its executive producers. He’s Jeff Cohen, founder of FAIR and director of the Park Center for Independent Media at Ithaca College, as well as author of Cable News Confidential: My Misadventures in Corporate Media. He joins us now by phone from Ithaca, New York. Welcome back to CounterSpin, Jeff Cohen. …