The above in Vanity Fair led me to the 1996 VF article by Marie Brenner, ”The Man Who Knew Too Much,“ about Jeffrey Wigand, which led to the 1999 Michael Mann movie, ”The Insider.“ I've seen ”The Insider“ a dozen times but had never read the article. Rectified.
From the New York Times: The 100 Notable Books of 2015. I've read approximately ... half. Of one. I.e., I read half of ”Between the World and Me,“ by Ta-Nahesi Coates and wasn't impressed and stopped. I know: I'm in the minority there.
Finally, listen to my man Rick Perlstein on the history of political lies, and that brief shining moment in the early 1970s when the press held everyone accountable. What happened? Nixon, Agnew and Reagan happened. Key quote: ”Once the press came to believe that their job was not to say, 'This is a lie, this is the truth,' but 'We have to be balanced between two ideological factions'? That structurally advantaged the side that was more willing to lie."