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September 10, 2012 | By James Rainey
Neither side in the contentious presidential race has been immune to  spinning reality in its direction, but it is the Republican vice presidential nominee - Rep. Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin - who seems particularly averse to admitting when the facts don't line up the way he wants them to. The Atlantic's James Fallows suggested in an essay over the weekend a couple of reasons why Ryan has taken such a flogging in the media for offering “selectively...
March 27, 2014 | By David Lazarus
Robert says he's heard about secret "770 accounts. " What are they? Who can get them? A Google search will turn up all sorts of nonsense about 770 accounts, also sometimes referred to as "presidents accounts. " ASK LAZ: Smart answers to consumer questions Supposedly, these are super-sneaky tax shelters for the super-rich -- yet another example of how the 1% gets more out of life than the rest of us. The reality is a bit more mundane. To find out what a 770 account really is, check out today's Ask Laz video.
September 13, 2012 | By Gary Goldstein
It's a testament to writer-director Jim Hemphill's enjoyably chatty script and to the hand-in-glove performances of his charismatic leads that "The Trouble With the Truth," a movie that's largely just one long, real-time conversation between two people, proves such an alive and involving film. Despite taking place in only a few indoor locations - and without an excess of movement within those spots - Hemphill deftly manages to avoid the kind of static staginess often associated with this sort of chamber piece.
May 16, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Don't be fooled by its deceptively simple title or the hesitant, unassuming way it begins. Writer-director Sarah Polley's "Stories We Tell" ends up an invigorating powerhouse of a personal documentary, adventurous and absolutely fascinating. Unexpectedly moving in unanticipated ways, this unusual film is a look at the complexities of one specific family's story as well as a broad examination of the interlocking nature of truth, secrecy and memory, not to mention the endless intricacies of human relationships.
February 7, 2014 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
As the title of this episode of "American Masters" suggests, "Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth" is a lovely and lyrical tribute to the great American writer and activist who turns 70 on Sunday, two days after the film airs on PBS. February is, of course, Black History Month, which makes the non-birthday aspect of the timing dispiriting. Surely it shouldn't require an African American-themed event to warrant a tribute to Walker. And yet it is also reaffirming as well since it looks like Black History Month remains a very good idea.
October 15, 1998
Re "Mexico Deserves the Truth," editorial, Oct. 12: I find it ironic that you comment on an issue that only the Mexican people should deal with. You claim that the U.S. Freedom of Information Act is a model to emulate. This is the same Freedom of Information Act that has exposed the truth with respect to: the assassination of President Kennedy, the covert war of the CIA in Vietnam, assassination attempts on Fidel Castro, the death of Che Guevara, the truth about U.S. intervention in Latin America, Iran-Contra, how Panama was stolen from Colombia to build the Panama Canal, the truth about the annexation of half of the Mexican Northwest (now the U.S. Southwest)
August 18, 1991
I absolutely agree with Jack Adler's article concerning traveler confusion with connecting terms such as "direct" and "nonstop" ("Seeking Truth in Air Advertising," July 21). As a flight attendant for 13 years, I can vouch for the numerous misunderstandings. This must be uniformly changed. I believe that a basic consumer marketing principle should be, if the majority of your consumers are using a product incorrectly, then the directions should be changed. LESLIE DeBICCAR Hermosa Beach
November 2, 1986
Docudrama? As in Fictohistory ? As in Abstrarealism ? Accullusion ? Gee, what a surprise that such precise thinking as is exhibited in this silly form generates such confusion and bitterness. Let's get it right people? Are you trying to discover some truth or are you telling us a nice commercial story? BRUCE KENNEDY Torrance For more on the ambiguities of docudrama, see Page 2.
August 23, 2002
Re the $1-trillion lawsuit over 9/11 filed against the Saudis, Aug. 16: Finally, we may make some headway as to what happened on Sept. 11. The media and the Republican administration have dragged their feet in getting to the bottom of this horrendous terrorist act perpetrated on our country. It took the unwavering courage of the families of the victims coming together to sue the Saudis--and anyone else connected to this treacherous act--to get to the truth. Joan Magit Northridge
February 20, 1986
Summit writes most eloquently, but it's so easy to accuse and much more difficult to be on the defensive. As to his accusing the defense attorneys of showing only a "few moments out of thousands of hours of videotape records," I would like to ask, why not show all of the tapes in their entirety? The defense would love to have had that happen as it would be eminently clear how these stories got started and continued to grow. By the same token, Children's Institute International has allowed the parents to see only a few well-chosen fragments of their child's videotape interview.
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