The mainstream media spin stories for us in the guise of news, a “narrative.” This narrative is fiction and has nothing to do with truth. Almost all the stories punished by these people are lies, either of commission or omission. Why even bother to read something like the New York Times?

In Russian, there are a couple of words for “lie”: ложь and враньё. Ложь is a straight-out lie, but враньё is more like a coherent web of lies, i.e., indeed an untenable narrative. The media not so much lie as weave a web of враньё.

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