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Truth in Our Times: Inside the Fight for Press Freedom in the Age of Alternative Facts

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
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ISBN : 9781250184429
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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

  • Patricia White

    The narrative style of New York Times lawyer David McCraw's new book, Truth in Our Times, was characterized as "saucy" in a New Yorker Magazine interview. Eyeroll. Ascerbic maybe. Definitely and enjoyably smart-alecky. Take a read if you love the 1st Amendment and want an insider's peek inside one of our world's most reliable, verifiable news organizations.

  • Debbie

    Review to come....

  • Trish

    This book is written in spirit of an old-time newspaper man regaling cackling, amused, red-nosed patrons in a smoke-filled, dimly-lit bar with personal and singular stories of powerful forces arrayed against a humble man who plays it as though his power is negligible. David E. McCraw may be a down-home guy…as Trump says, he has a soothing, bedroom manner…but his reach is hardly negligible. Don’t be fooled.

    Reading this book is every bit as fun as finding oneself under the influence…of a world-cla

    “Dealing with threats against journalists had become a sadly routine part of my work life, but each time a new one surfaced a feeling of discouragement about what the country had become would come over me again.”
    I hear that. But perhaps the country has always been this way, that even NYT readers are quick to show their [lack of] understanding about enormously important subjects that reach to our makeup as humans.

    McCraw also discusses the case of David Sanger writing a book about cyber warfare based on, it was argued in court, leaks of classified documents from high-level government insiders. This is intensely interesting stuff for those who ever wondered how reporters manage to report on closely-held high-level secrets. Probably most of us would agree with McCraw that “the real problem for America was not the unauthorized revelation but an excess of secrecy.” Later he argues "Secrecy breeds absurdity."

    The whole book is a feast of huge stories reaching right into the psyche of America’s collective past, nearly twenty years now of stomach-churning days for someone in McCraw’s position. High stakes, for everyone. I will end before McCraw’s account of the Weinstein story, finishing with the decision to publish the 2010 Wikileaks cache and Greenwald & Poitras’ decision to bypass the NYT to have Snowden’s secrets published by The Washington Post and The Guardian instead.

    McCraw sounds disappointed that The Times was bypassed on the Snowden story, and I remember well the criticism of them at the time.
    “Maybe we should be better at inculcating all citizens—now all potential publishers—with a sense of social responsibility…I continued to believe the risks that came with freedom were worth the price…I also believe The Times had been right, in its North Korea reporting and other sensitive national security stories, to give the government a chance to responds before publication. Many readers saw that process as a surrender…

    “…It was important to debate whether The Times had been timid then or at other times, but context was important: our newsroom regularly decided that the government’s objections were too abstract, not believable, insufficiently weighty, or given by officials too far down the food chain to know, and then resolved to move ahead with publishing. But it’s not a science. Editors sometimes get it wrong. National security is intrinsically the hardest of the calls they have to make…If we are ever forced to defend against a criminal charge, I wanted our legal narrative to be one of responsibility, serious deliberation, and a demonstrable concern about the public’s best interests.”
    McCraw ’s book raises some thorny ethical questions and answers one newspaper’s take on many more. ...more

  • Will Byrnes

    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

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  • Kathleen Flynn

    As someone who works in The Times newsroom, I found this a fascinating read.

    But I think anyone who cares about journalism, history or the First Amendment will like it too. It's a concise, well-written and even witty account of some recent dramatic events -- #MeToo coverage, the uncharted territory of Trump's election and presidency, the kidnapping of various Times journalists -- putting them in a legal context and a coherent framework.

    I'm glad David McCraw wrote this -- it's interesting now, a