Letters and Politics

Law in the Press in the Age of Fake News

A conversation with lawyer David McCraw about the legal issues behind the news stories and his experiences at The New York times defending freedom of speech. 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, the letter of refusal went viral. But for a first amendment lawyer, this is just another day at the office.

Guest: David E. McCraw is Deputy General Counsel at The New York Times. He is an adjunct professor at the NYU School of Law and a visiting lecturer at Harvard Law School. He is the author of Truth in Our Times: Inside the Fight for Press Freedom in the Age of Alternative Facts.


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