Sasha Issenberg — The Lie Detectives: In Search of a Playbook for Winning Elections in the Disinformation Age - with Kristen Welker — at Conn Ave

Upcoming Event
Wednesday, March 13, 2024 - 7:00pm

A decade after The Victory Lab: The Secret Science of Winning Campaigns, which Politico called " Moneyball for politics," journalist Sasha Issenberg returns to the cutting edge of political innovation to reveal how campaigners are navigating the era's most pressing new challenge: how to deal with disinformation.

The Lie Detectives is a lively and deep secret history of Democratic politics in the Trump years, told through a cast of strategists and tacticians on the front lines. There's Jiore Craig, a globetrotting young digital expert who invented the job of counter-disinformation operative for American campaigns despite never having worked on one, and Cheri Bustos, a congresswoman from a Trump-supporting district who struggled to convince her colleagues that not every lie targeting them online amounted to an electoral problem. There's Silicon Valley investor Reid Hoffman, whose emergence as one of the American left's biggest donors has forced his adviser Dmitri Mehlhorn into the role of moral compass for a movement still wrestling with whether it should counter fake news by producing its own, and David Goldstein and Jehmu Greene, who are confronting "the Big Lie" in the vernacular of online conspiracy theories, with gifs, memes, and ugly graphics of their own.

The Lie Detectives presents a vivid snapshot of a political class trying to come to terms with an exploding social media landscape, and using every weapon in its arsenal to counter the biggest threat it has ever faced to its way of doing business and winning power.

Sasha Issenberg is a journalist and the author of four previous books, including The Victory Lab: The Secret Science of Winning Campaigns and, most recently, The Engagement: America’s Quarter-Century Struggle Over Same-Sex Marriage. He teaches in the UCLA Department of Political Science and is a correspondent for Monocle. His work has also appeared in New York, The New York Times Magazine, Bloomberg Businessweek and Politico Magazine.

Issenberg will be in conversation with Kristen Welker, the 13th moderator of Meet the Press. Previously, she served as co-anchor of Weekend TODAY and covered the White House for NBC News for over a decade, notably earning wide praise for her performance as moderator of the final presidential debate between former President Donald Trump and Joe Biden. Welker previously served as a network correspondent in Burbank, Calif. and as an anchor and general assignment reporter at Philadelphia NBC station WCAU-TV.

This event is free with first come, first served seating.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
The Lie Detectives: In Search of a Playbook for Winning Elections in the Disinformation Age By Sasha Issenberg Cover Image
ISBN: 9798987053621
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Published: Columbia Global Reports - March 12th, 2024