Fake news has brought new attention to an age-old epidemic in America: false statements occurring at the highest levels of business, politics, culture and the media.
After a presidential campaign wrought with suspicion and disorder, the influence of untruths has reached formerly unthinkable levels. Now, more than ever, America must examine its regard for the truth.
For over three decades, Pulitzer Prize-winning author James B. Stewart has been calling our attention to America’s ethical landscape, from his weekly New York Times column Common Sense, to his bestselling books, including Den of Thieves, Blood Sport, and Heart of a Soldier.
Stewart’s 2011 book, Tangled Webs, examines the large-scale coruption within our country’s judicial system, and shows the far-reaching influence of perjury. With the tumultuous campaign and election of Donald Trump, new urgency and attention is brought to this issue, as questions arise between greed and justice, self-interest and public interest, loyalty and duty. While Tangled Webs has proven to be prophetic, it is still, above all, an urgent reminder that the truth matters.