You'll have to slog through the Salon ad, but go ahead anyway and read Glenn Greenwald's recounting of the Jessica Lynch scandal.
Our current govmint is a just short hair away from Soviet stooge propagandist bullshit. In some ways it's worse. At least the old Politburo guys winkingly acknowledged that they were lying and the majority of the faceless citizens knew that they were being told falsehoods.
We just eat it up and ask for more.