In a battle between these forces I’ll take the side of disreputable, twisted, tendentious, malignant journalism every time.
My friend might be a disreputable sack of shit that has somehow taken human form - but he is my friend for those very reasons. He may have put his wife in hospital - but that's precisely the kind of thing that strengthens the institution of marriage. He might scrawl anonymous death threats all over the internet at two in the morning - but the internet death threat community is part of life's rich tapestry. You may say you want my friend to perform a convincing human being impersonation from time to time instead of assuming that his power to ruin people's lives gives him the right to do it. But what you really want is Pravda.