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Author of “The Paladin” David Ignatius

The truth may be more than what you see or hear. In “The Paladin,” Washington Post columnist & best-selling author David Ignatius delivers a chilling warning about “deep fakes”.

Welcome David Ignatius

We’re joined on the Starline by New York Times Best-Selling Author prize-winning columnist from the Washington Post. His latest novel “The Paladin”, is available now. We welcome David Ignatius.

David, let’s go Beyond the Mic when you received your diploma in economics from King’s College in Cambridge did you ever think you would be writing best-selling novels?

Can you talk about the formative moment when you said journalism is good, but I can be a novelist?

People in the CIA suggest your book Agents of Innocence for new recruits as an example of what they face.

The Paladin

Author David Ignatius joins us Beyond the Mic, The Paladin takes readers on a ride of betrayal and revenge through a multi-layered story where trust is manipulated.

I want to ask you from your years of reporting your thoughts on the citizen journalist. What are the problems if any of anyone with a camera and microphone being able to say “Hey, I’m a journalist?”

What the problem of having the availability of news outlets that do not share an alternative point of view but regurgitates the views that its audience wants it to have?

How does the immediacy of social media and in some cases lack of quick verification of facts hurt the ability of truth to be told?

Deep Fakes

Since foreign actors have the ability to manipulate news so easily how does the CIA and others protect the difference between what is reported and reality?

We’re joined by David Ignatius Author of The Paladin Beyond the Mic, from your first novel to now, is there an overarching argument you are still developing or coming to a conclusion with??

One of my favorite lines in the book is where your main character Michael Dunne says, “we’re going to think of legal ways to make trouble for people who want to corrupt our honest, efficient capital markets.”  How much easier is it for the bad guys to do bad things while the good guys are limited by so many rules?

Will Michael Dunne ever return again in another David Ignatius novel?

The Rockin’ 8

Time is running out, so it’s time for the Rockin’ 8, 8 random questions, answer with the first thing that comes to your mind.

There is no Pressure.

1. Of your 11 books, which character, flaws and all, do you relate to the most?

2. If you hadn’t become a journalist or novelist, what other job would you have done?

3. Favorite Season of the year?

4. What’s the one place you visited for work you never want to return to?

5. #1 lesson you learned from your parents

6. What hobby helps you relax?

7. The lesson you most want your children to learn?

8. Tuesday November 3rd is Election Day in the US. What day will the LAST vote be counted?

The book is The Paladin, New York Times best-selling author David Ignatius thanks for taking the time to talk with us today.

And that my friends is Beyond the Mic.

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