Tune in Tuesday, October 18th as KXLU Los Angeles proudly presents Center Stage with Mark Gordon, featuring special guest filmmaker Fred Peabody. He will be talking about his latest film ALL GOVERNMENTS LIE.
Center Stage with Mark Gordon airs Tuesdays at 7PM (PST) on KXLU Los Angeles, 88.9 FM and streaming at kxlu.com
“If something goes wrong with government, a free press will ferret it out and it will get fixed, but if something goes wrong with the free press, the country will go straight to hell.” — Jeremy J. Stone, on his father I.F. Stone
Independent journalists Amy Goodman (Democracy Now!), Glenn Greenwald (The Intercept), Jeremy Scahill (Dirty Wars/The Intercept), Matt Taibbi (Rolling Stone) and others are changing the face of journalism, providing investigative, alternatives to mainstream, corporate news outlets. Greenwald was the lead reporter on the revelations of NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden. Scahill wrote Dirty Wars – the book and Oscar-nominated film on secret U.S. government assassinations.
Media conglomerates are increasingly reluctant to investigate or criticize government statements and policies. With government deception rampant, and intrusion of state surveillance into private life never more egregious, many journalists are finding that to aggressively investigate governments rather than act as “stenographers to power”, they need to abandon mainstream corporate news media to work at alternative, web-based sites.
A timely documentary for audiences who are more now than ever seeking alternatives to news media owned by huge corporations. ALL GOVERNMENTS LIE will change the way you watch and read the news forever.
The film features Carl Bernstein, Noam Chomsky, David Corn, John Carlos Frey, Amy Goodman, Glenn Greenwald, Chris Hedges, Michael Moore, Ralph Nader, Jeremy Scahill, Matt Taibbi, and Cenk Uygur.
Director’s Statement – Fred Peabody
This all started with my being inspired years ago by I. F. Stone, when I was a teenaged would-be investigative journalist. In 2013 I became energized and inspired all over again, as I delved into a book called “The Best of I. F. Stone”. Then Myra MacPherson’s excellent biography of Stone, “All Governments Lie” reinforced my interest. As I continued to explore, I found many other journalists and filmmakers equally inspired, some of them on the cutting edge of independent, adversarial reporting about government deception.
It struck me as a great story. A secret guru was inspiring today’s new wave of investigative journalists—a man most of the public had never heard of. And those new independent journalists were fighting the same kind of David and Goliath battle Izzy Stone did decades ago—a battle for nothing less than truth and justice, in a world where the Stone quote “All governments lie” was never more apt.
It was obvious to me that a film documentary had to be made.
This is not a story set in the U.S.A. or Canada; it’s a global story.
I wanted to tell the story of these passionate independent journalists, past and present, to bring the public into their worlds, and to tell the story of this band of “muckrakers” from my own perspective. As a former investigative producer on the CBC program “the fifth estate” and on ABC’s “20/20”, I know how difficult it can be to uncover deception and reveal truths.
ALL GOVERNMENTS LIE is a timely documentary for today’s digital-savvy viewers who increasingly seek information from independent media, and are distrustful of large, corporate media outlets. This film takes seemingly unconnected events and journalistic heroes stretching over many decades and link them together to tell an important story that will resonate with audiences in Canada and around the world.
I want to inspire others with the story of I. F. Stone’s courageous, decades-long battle against government lies, and with the more recent stories of independent journalists who are fearlessly following in Stone’s footsteps. They are the antidote and alternative to the mainstream media conglomerates that are increasingly showing their blind spots and weaknesses—and losing the public’s trust. All Governments Lie is not, however, only about independent journalism, politics and democracy. Perhaps even more importantly, it is a film about humanity and values. I want viewers to walk away remembering what I. F. Stone was trying to do:
“To write the truth as I see it; to defend the weak against the strong; to fight for justice;
and to seek, as best I can, to bring healing perspectives to bear on the terrible hates and
fears of mankind, in the hope of someday bringing about one world, in which men will
enjoy the differences of the human garden instead of killing each other over them.” — I.F. Stone
This is a message that needs to be heard. ALL GOVERNMENTS LIE tells a story that needs to be told.