One of my favorite authors is the late British journalist, intellectual, and cultural critic Malcolm Muggeridge. I was reminded of Muggeridge as I followed competing Iranian protest reports on Twitter a few weeks ago. One narrative claiming that it was much ado about nothing or that it was Trump’s fault; the other, the factual one, that it was a spontaneous revolt of a segment of the Iranian population against a brutal, lying regime. Each narrative claimed exclusive ownership of the truth and denounced the other as utterly false. None of this is particularly new.
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