David E. McCraw
Truth in Our Times:
Inside the Fight for Press Freedom in the Age of Alternative Facts
in conversation with NEIL SWIDEY
This event includes a book signing
April 22, 2019
Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138
This event is free; no tickets are required.
Harvard Book Store welcomes Deputy General Counsel at the New York Times DAVID E. McCRAW for a discussion of his new book, Truth in Our Times: Inside the Fight for Press Freedom in the Age of Alternative Facts. He'll be joined in conversation by Boston Globe Magazine staff writer NEIL SWIDEY—author of Trapped Under the Sea: One Engineering Marvel, Five Men, and a Disaster Ten Miles Into the Darkness.
About Truth in Our Times
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.
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