The lede of this AP report—found in The Washington Post—seems, somehow, an all-too-apt sign of our times, does it not?

MOSCOW — A Russian newspaper defended itself in a Moscow court on Tuesday against charges that it had libeled Josef Stalin by reporting that the Soviet dictator had sent thousands to their deaths.
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Megan Garber is an assistant editor at the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University. She was formerly a CJR staff writer.