There’s a bit of excitement about Claas Relotius, a reporter for Der Spiegel who has the bad habit of making everything up. In one case, he wrote a ” tendentious, malicious portrait” of a small town in Minnesota ( Fergus Falls), one chock-full of falsehoods. A couple of the locals went to some effort to show that he lied: not sure whether that contributed to his downfall or not.
Of course this is not the same as repeating or contributing to those lies that everyone is supposed to embrace. That’s normal: you can get a Pulitzer for those.. Relotius, on the other hand, was sick: just ask him.
I am reminded of the time that Bella Stumbo, a reporter for the Los Angeles times, wrote an article about the small Midwestern town I grew up in. My favorite bit was about the once-a-year trek of the farm families into town to buy supplies.