Ever thus?

The young reporter in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962; directed by John Ford, screenplay by James Warner Bellah and Willis Goldbeck) hears the truth about the death of the outlaw Liberty Valance. Nevertheless, the reporter decides to destroy his notes. ‘This is the West’, he says. ‘When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.’ In Australia in 2014, despite conclusive mythbusting about Simpson and his donkey, the Centenary Suburbs RSL Sub-Branch in the electorate of Oxley, west of Brisbane, has received a grant of $45 000 from the Commonwealth to install a statue of Simpson and donkey at the Centenary Suburbs War Memorial Gardens in leafy Mt Ommaney.

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