A Brief History of Lies: Government Deception from Watergate to Today

 

One of the lessons that was mislearned from Watergate is this idea that it’s the cover-up, not the crimes.

Garrett Graff Journalist; Cyber Director, Aspen Institute
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A Brief History of Lies: Government Deception from Watergate to Today

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Fifty years ago, the nation was (gradually, then suddenly) rocked by revelations of dirty tricks in what became known as the Watergate scandal. But it wasn’t the first time that our government deceived its citizens, and it certainly wasn’t the last. From false narratives promoting war to deliberate lies meant to undermine elections, has deception come to be seen as a legitimate political tool? And is there any way for us to stop it?

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