John Powers is film critic at Vogue, writes the "On" column for
LA Weekly and is critic at large for National Public Radio's Fresh Air
With Terry Gross. He is the author of Sore Winners (and the Rest of Us)
in George Bush's America (Doubleday).
A review of Frank Rich's The Greatest Story Ever Sold and two
books on I.F. Stone shows how media politics have changed since the cold war. Now it's all about repeating the same few things until they seem inevitable, even if--especially if--they're not true.