The lies of governments have a long history. They are going back
to ancient times when propaganda and spin were invented, came
into fashion. The old Greeks for instance had a rather full blown and
very effective propaganda, followed by the Roman Empire.
What is possibly surprising when looking closer at that bit of
history, is that those ancient liers are not to be underestimated.
The spin masters of those long perished regimes would have
no problems becoming spin masters again in modern times
and with all the modern means available.
Philip M. Taylor wrote a very interesting, easy to read and very
knowledgable history of it all. Published in 2003, this book
deserves all kudos and recommendations.
A very generous insight is made possible via Google books.
A good bit of the first part of the book can be read here. And
that is probably the best way for the reader to get to know it.