For this Valentine's Day weekend, moviegoers looking for a date-night movie with their significant other have a choice between two extremes. On one end of the spectrum is Fifty Shades of Grey, a film based on the perverse novel by the same title. On the other end of the spectrum is Old Fashioned, an indie film that portrays a budding romance between two unlikely lovers and does so with a focus on honor and fidelity.

In their book Common Sense Economics, four university teachers specializing in economics and public policy warn that a “nation of economic illiterates” is “easily misled by leaders who tell us of their good intentions — their passion to solve our problems.”

Disappointed Americans in great numbers see no reason to sweep the Williams mendacity under a rug. It remains to be seen how many will be willing to skip over lies told by Hillary Clinton.

Why are so many well-educated parents refusing to have their infants immunized against Hepatitis B, measles, mumps, and rubella (M.M.R.), as well as diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (DTP)?

Of course so-called news people shouldn’t make up stuff to look good, but there’s something much worse: uncritically passing along official lies intended to prepare the American people for war.