Cass R. Sunstein
No, it’s not that it’s April Fool’s Day that this program with noted Harvard legal scholar and former White House administrator (Obama administration) Cass R. Sunstein on liars in the public sphere taking place as a joke. It is for real that he virtually appears with his newest book, among many, Liars: Falsehoods and Free Speech in the Age of Deception (Oxford University Press).
"An increasing amount of what we hear and read is demonstrably factually false, and the acceptance of falsity has grave consequences for democratic decision-making. Drawing on legal doctrine, psychological research, and an impressive command of the dynamics of modern media, Cass Sunstein offers a sobering explanation of why factual falsity is increasingly prevalent in contemporary public discourse and why American free speech doctrine may do more to exacerbate than alleviate the problem. This book is essential reading in the modern political and media environment." -- Frederick Schauer, David and Mary Harrison Distinguished Professor of Law, University of Virginia.
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