Tue August 16, 2011
"How False Statements are Undermining America: From Martha Stewart to Bernie Madoff" (Encore presentation.)
By Rich Fisher
Tulsa, Oklahoma – (Please note: This show originally aired earlier this year.) On this installment of StudioTulsa, we speak with the acclaimed journalist and author James B. Stewart, whose books include the bestsellers "Blood Sport" and "Den of Thieves," among others. Stewart won a Pulitzer Prize in 1988 for his reporting on the stock market crash and insider trading; he's now a regular contributor to SmartMoney and The New Yorker. He joins us on today's show to discuss his latest book, "Tangled Webs: How False Statements are Undermining America: From Martha Stewart to Bernie Madoff." Here's part of a review of this book that appeared on-line at The Daily Beast: "Through three decades, eight books, and countless articles, James Stewart has made exposing liars the touchstone of his career. In 'Tangled Webs,' he focuses on a particular type of lie --- perjury --- and blows open the stories of four blockbuster trials, with previously secret testimony, investigators notes, and a bevy of exclusive interviews. All four of his subjects --- Martha Stewart, I. Lewis 'Scooter' Libby, Barry Bonds, and Bernie Madoff --- have been convicted of some deception-related crime. What Stewart does is pinpoint the moment each person parted with the truth. The results (all 473 pages of them) are startling --- and so is the backdrop. Stewart raises the specter of 'a surge of concerted, deliberate lying' by the nation's loftiest citizens, one that encourages lying by a wider circle of society and ultimately undermines 'civilization itself.'"