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 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.
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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 ...more
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
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 ...more