Until the lion learns how to write, every story will glorify the hunter. – African proverb
A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.
The nobler the truth or sentiment, the less imports the question of authorship.
A petty reason perhaps why novelists more and more try to keep a distance from journalists is that novelists are trying to write the truth and journalists are trying to write fiction.