Dan Froomkin: “Skepticism of government officials is something the press needs to relearn over and over again”

From a story on presswatchers.com by Dan Froomkin headlined “All governments lie—especially when it comes to acts of war”:

The great, independent journalist I.F. Stone famously wrote that “all governments lie.” But for access-based Washington reporters, it’s never easy to contemplate that their sources are actively misleading them. It’s even harder to confront them.

That’s why it was such a welcome surprise to hear NPR’s Ayesha Rascoe push back when White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki asserted, without providing any evidence, that ISIS leader Hajji Abdullah had detonated a suicide vest during a special forces raid of his home in Syria.