The title of David Cay Johnston's latest book, "It's Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration is Doing to America," wasn't his idea.
It was his publisher's, Simon & Schuster, because his book covers what you haven't heard reported elsewhere.
Johnston was introduced by UD's own Pulitzer Prize-winner, Dan Biddle, who teaches in the journalism program. Biddle worked with Johnston at the Philadelphia Inquirer and had "fond memories of picking up my phone and
hearing a kind of
homicide-detective voice say, 'Johnston here!!,' typically with a tip on a great
When Johnston got his hands on one of Trump's tax returns, Biddle said, Trump tweeted about "FAKE NEWS" from a reporter "nobody ever heard of." That tweet was immediately answered by another from the dean of Temple's Klein College of Media and Communication, David Boardman: "A Pulitzer Prize winner and one of the nation's most respected journalists. So, yes."
Johnston was upfront about his opinion of Trump's performance ("He is the most manifestly unfit person ever to hold that office") and then proceeded to lay out his case, from Trump's dismantling of federal regulations to his past relationship with a drug trafficker.
Johnston also raised questions about Trump's commitment to veterans, his handling of international relations and his understanding of global trade. Data about worker safety and environmental risks, he said, are disappearing.