Book Launch—Lying in State: Why Presidents Lie—And Why Trump Is Worse
Where: Open Society Foundations–New York
224 W. 57th St.
212-548-0600 Price: Free
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If there’s one thing we know about Donald Trump, it’s that he lies. But he’s by no means the first president to do so. In Lying in State, Eric Alterman asks how we ended up with such a pathologically dishonest commander in chief, showing that, from early on, the United States has persistently expanded its power and hegemony on the basis of presidential lies.
Alterman also reveals the cumulative effect of this deception and how, together with the recent radicalization of the Republican Party and the failure of the media to clearly distinguish between politicians who lie and those who do not, it has led us into a world in which political misinformation and disinformation have become the rule, rather than the exception. Donald Trump, then, represents not an aberration but the culmination of an age-old trend.
In this conversation, moderated by Open Society Vice President Leonard Benardo, American civil rights activist Maya Wiley and Alterman will discuss the book, the rich history of presidential dishonesty, and how we arrived at our current age of alternative facts.Buy tickets/get more info now