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 book 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 reader of The New York Times.
|Publisher:||St. Martin's Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 2.20(d)|
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Table of Contents
1 Election Day 1
2 Reckless Disregard 10
3 Mystery Mail and the Box in the Courthouse 27
4 Tax Day 40
5 Day of the Gaggle 59
6 Us vs. Us 79
7 The Leaks Police 108
8 The Don of Defamation 132
9 Fake Fake News 152
10 Insecure 174
11 Weinstein & Co. 197
12 Alice in FOIA-land 216
13 A World of Trouble 235
14 One Morning a Letter 256
Afterword: The First Amendment Is Dead: A Love Story 271