‘Truth In Our Times’ With David McCraw; A Preview Of Ebertfest 2019
One of Illinois’ biggest film festival is back this week! Chaz Ebert joins us to talk about the line-up that moviegoers can expect during this year’s Ebertfest. But first, David McCraw is one of the chief lawyers for the New York Times. And the Central Illinois native has a new book out called 'Truth In Our Times: Inside The Fight For Press Freedom in An Age Of Alternative Facts.'
David McCraw is the lawyer who’s letter to President Trump went viral, in a big way, two years ago. The letter was to President Trump’s lawyers, who wanted the Times to retract a story featuring two women who accused the President of touching them inappropriately years ago.
Now, Illinois native and New York Times Deputy General Counsel McCraw is the voice behind 'Truth in Our Times: Inside the Fight for Press Freedom in the Age of Alternative Facts.' He joined us in our Urbana studio.
.@davidmccraw was used to hearing from President Trump's lawyers well before the 2016 campaign. They contacted the @nytimes often.— The 21st (@21stShow) April 8, 2019
"It inevitably was about a single topic: How much was Donald Trump actually worth?"
"When I have conversations with serious people — left, right, center, doesn't matter — nobody ever says to me, 'you know what we need more of? We need more libel suits where rich people can make a whole lot of money by suing newspaper."— The 21st (@21stShow) April 8, 2019
This year’s Ebertfest starts Wednesday at the Virgina Theater in Champaign. This is the 21st year of the iconic film festival that brings Hollywood stars to Central Illinois. CEO Of Ebert Companies and Ebertfest Festival producer Chaz Ebert joined us on the line from Chicago.
Look at that! It’s the *21st* annual @ebertfest. @chazebert joins @nialaboodhoo to talk about year, including honoring @mrrogersmovie director @MorganNeville & screening Bound. @tremolodocs @lilly_wachowski @LanalWachowski @RealGinaGershon @JenniferTillyhttps://t.co/HgNcM56CDt— The 21st (@21stShow) April 8, 2019
"Amazing Grace" was a gospel hit for Aretha Franklin, but the Sidney Pollack film didn’t have video & sound synced, explains @chazebert. Only years later was @AmazingGraceMov resurrected by director Alan Elliott pic.twitter.com/yxAdtSy8OW— The 21st (@21stShow) April 8, 2019