Truth in Our Times

Inside the Fight for Press Freedom in the Age of Alternative Facts
Author(s): David E. McCraw
Original Publish Date: Mar 12, 2019
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Audio (10.03 hours)
Product Number: Z100139412
Released: Mar 12, 2019
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ISBN: #9781250318503
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“[Truth in Our Times] is spirited and hopeful and even, at times, lighthearted. It is, in a way, a love letter to the First Amendment." — The New York Times Book Review This program includes an introduction read by the author. 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 about what news is fit to print. In Truth in Our Times, McCraw recounts the hard legal decisions behind the most impactful stories of the last decade with candor and style. The audiobook is simultaneously a rare peek behind the curtain of the celebrated organization, a love letter to freedom of the press, and a decisive rebuttal of Trump's fake news slur through a series of hard cases. It is an absolute must-have for any dedicated fan of The New York Times.

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Author(s): David E. McCraw
Product Number EB00726800
Released: Mar 12, 2019
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9781250184436

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"Narrator Stephen Graybill uses a steady professional tone for this audiobook in which ethics in journalism and the law are held to the highest standard. McCraw was the deputy attorney general for the NEW YORK TIMES for 17 years, including the time of the 2016 national election. He discusses his struggles with obtaining information under the Freedom of Information Act (the U.S. government stated one request would take years to fulfill), pressures from powerful celebrity attorneys during the rise of the #MeToo movement, and grappling with the concepts of "lie" and "truth" in the age of the Trump administration. Listeners who follow the battle for a free press in a time when journalists have been called the "enemy of the people" will find themselves engrossed by McCraw's insights and Graybill's confident yet mannered narration. S.P.C. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine"