Rhodes Profile: Citizens, Spin and Truth in the Hybrid Information Era

Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes at the White House, Washington, April 7, 2015 (AP photo by Pablo Martinez Monsivais).
Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes at the White House, Washington, April 7, 2015 (AP photo by Pablo Martinez Monsivais).

One of the latest mini-dramas in Washington’s overheated political scene is centered on whether the Obama administration manipulated the truth about the Iran nuclear negotiations in order to sell the resulting deal to Congress and the American public. The larger story is about how the earnest citizen can navigate in a world where officials, experts and journalists are engaged in a complicated exchange of information, spin and advocacy. It’s not necessarily a new problem, nor a fixable one, but it only deepens the mistrust between government and the governed. The controversy was kicked off by a recent New York Times […]

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