Bob Hebert has a very nice op-ed in the NY Times on the recent death of journalist David Halberstam (subscription required). The key point he makes is:
If there was one thing above all else that David taught us, it was to be skeptical of official accounts, to stay always on guard against the lies, fabrications, half-truths, misrepresentations, exaggerations and all other manifestations of falsehood that are fired at us like machine-gun bullets by government officials and others in high places, often with lethal results.
He goes on to illustrate these kinds of lies, fabrications, and half-truths in the context of the recent Congressional hearings regarding Pat Tillman and Jessica Lynch. It is indeed sobering to think that such lies, fabrications, and half-truths are part of business as usual even in a country with as free a press as the US.
In this age of spin doctoring, do you think a government that simply tells the plain unvarnished truth could succeed?