An Epidemic of Perjury from Martha Stewart to Barry Bonds

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

James B. Stewart, author of the new book "Tangled Webs: How False Statements are Undermining America from Martha Stewart to Bernie Madoff," says that perjury is “threatening to become an epidemic” in American society. Stewart has delved into Freedom of Information Act requests, interview transcripts, investigative notes, secret letters, court documents, and hundreds of emails to give an in-depth look at recent high-profile cases of lying. With a look into the trials of Martha Stewart, Scooter Libby, Bernie Madoff, and Barry Bonds, Stewart makes the argument that the practice of lying under oath has breached the highest levels of American society, threatening to unsettle the foundations of our legal system.


James Stewart

Produced by:

Posey Gruener

Comments [4]

Zool from NYC

Martha is a LIAR plain and simple.

Oct. 20 2011 11:24 PM

Censorship is alive and well at "The Book Bench," The New Yorker, where James Stewart is a staff writer. It is shocking that my comments on James Stewart were deleted this morning. Is this America with First Amendment free speech? The deletion of my comments was appalling censorship by the New Yorker. Apparently­, they didn't like that I called James Stewart a lying propagandi­st and that his vendetta of lies on Martha Stewart evidences he lives a parasitic existence abusing and misusing his First Amendment rights.

Apr. 20 2011 09:50 PM

I heard this same Mr. Stewart yesterday on NPR's Morning Edition, and I, along with many others, are completely mysitified by his bland assertion(s) that Scooter Libby was found guilty of some clear lies in his perjury and obstruction of justice trial.

Because, very much unlike all of the other leading names that are mentioned in connection with Mr. Stewart's book, no one seems to be able to say what Mr. Libby is alleged to have lied about.

What we do know, for sure, is that Libby was never charged with leaking the name of CIA employee Valerie Plame to columnist Richard Novak. Nobody was charged with that crime, which makes people like me wonder why Libby was being investigated at all, and why he was repeatedly questioned in multiple interviews and grand jury hearings.

Apr. 20 2011 09:07 AM
Michael Fairbank from Methuen, MA

Bill Clinton didn't drag the nation through the mud, it was Ken Starr and the Repulicans. Starr had nothing on the Clintons so he asked about the president's sex life. Which was none of their business. No southern good ol' boy was going to come clean on that!

Apr. 20 2011 09:04 AM

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