Jedi Council Member
Yep, they must lie in order to calm people down at least...Very difficult to believe that this isn't a flat out lie. People in such positions must know that the data is pointing in completely the opposite direction.
There is a related quote of one of the american presidents, do not remember which one but in the first half of 20th century. Roughly: ‘The main ‘resource’ of a politician - is a short memory of the voter’.