Thursday, December 20, 2018

How an award-winning Der Spiegel reporter invented a story mocking small-town America

One story Relotius wrote last year was about a small town in Minnesota called Fergus Falls. If you’re guessing that this was a Gorillas In the Mist style feature designed to make middle-America look bad, you are exactly correct. Michele Anderson, who lives in Fergus Falls, remembers meeting Relotius last February when he came to live in the area for three weeks to supposedly get a clear view of small-town America. She was immediately skeptical about his motives:


Please don't generalize this sad case to other journalists.

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Many other journalists are fly enough to get off with it.

Posted by: dearieme | Dec 20, 2018 4:00:26 PM