Pravda means “truth.” But we learned that in Soviet Russia, falseness is true. Now, in America, our news is truthiness.
Ombudsman is defined as “a designated neutral or impartial dispute resolution practitioner whose major function is to provide independent, impartial, confidential and informal assistance to managers and employees, clients and/or other stakeholders of a corporation, university, non-governmental organization, governmental agency or other entity. As an independent and neutral employee, the organizational ombudsman ideally should have no other role or duties. This is in order to maintain independence and neutrality, and to prevent real or perceived conflicts of interest.”
At the Washington Post, the Ombudsman was originally called the readers’ representative.
But it’s been a long time since that was true.