David E. McCraw recounts his experiences as the top newsroom lawyer for the New York Times during the most turbulent era for journalism in generations.In October 2016, when Donald Trump's lawyer demanded that The New York Times retract an article focused on two women that accused Trump of touching them inappropriately, David McCraw's scathing letter of refusal went viral and he became a hero of press freedom everywhere. But as you'll see in Truth in Our Times, for the top newsroom lawyer at the paper of record, it was just another day at the office.McCraw has worked at the Times since 2002, leading the paper's fight for freedom of information, defending it against libel suits, and providing legal counsel to the reporters breaking the biggest stories of the year. In short: if you've read a controversial story in the paper since the Bush administration, it went across his desk first. From Chelsea Manning's leaks to Trump's tax returns, McCraw is at the center of the paper's decisions abo...
|Title||:||Truth in Our Times: Inside the Fight for Press Freedom in the Age of Alternative Facts|
|Number of Pages||:||304 pages|
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Truth in Our Times: Inside the Fight for Press Freedom in the Age of Alternative Facts Reviews
The war over press freedom was not going to be a fight about changing America’s laws. It was going to be a fight about the very nature of truth…I should have seen it coming. In a decade and a half at The Times I had had my moments with Trump and his lawyers. I knew how they played the game.All the News That’s Fit to Print (which should be changed, BTW, to add “or Post” or substitute “Fit to Run”to accommodate the fact that materials these days might be posted without ever being actually print ...more
Engaging read, peppered with lessons in the media relationship with a judicial system designed to ensure a free press. McCraw has a wry writing style that makes the relatively few pleas for the reader to pay attention that much more compelling. Not one to yell "fire" in a crowded room, McCraw's narratives about a rich, litigious society hell bent on controlling and suppressing damaging info on themselves is well timed and welcome.
We sure do miss transparency, normalcy, and free speech!
Times are changing and along with it is the ego of the all mighty white male who feels perched high above far superior and much more intellectual than ever before.
This is the plight of the white supremacist and the white rage that is sweeping the nation from coast to coast emboldened by one leader who demands loyalty and expects invisibility as being above the law.
The rules don't apply to malignant narcissists after all I should know I marr ...more
This is a memoir of the last decade or so of the NY Times attorney. He talks FOIA, the First Amendment and the importance of truth. He explains why he wrote the most viral lawyer letter of the era and the responses he got from colleagues and bosses. He talks how Trump changed the battleground - not simply by calling the press the enemy of the people, but by devaluing truth and selling big lies. A good memoir, probably more interesting to attorneys and members of the press, but overall it gives a ...more
I am in process of writing a 1,000-1,250 word review for publication in a weekly indie because I consider this book a must-read for those nervous about the president's attempts to control his administration's narrative by giving "alternative facts" and constantly bullying the press (all major news organizations besides Fox News), including, e.g., twice condemning the press as " the enemy of the people ."
This book is so perfectly timely and edifying, without at all being didactic.
It reminded me ...more