James B. Stewart

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James B. Stewart

James Bennett Stewart is a staff writer at The New Yorker,[1] writer of the weekly "Common Sense" column at the New York Times,[2] the Bloomberg professor of business journalism at Columbia Journalism School,[3] and the author of several books, most recently Deep State: Trump, the FBI, and the Rule of Law.

Content of Writing

Deep State

While discussing his book Deep State: Trump, the FBI, and the Rule of Law in multiple interviews,[4][5] Stewart drew attention to Rod Rosenstein, the former Deputy Attorney General, calling him a "pivotal character".[4]

Stewart claimed that Rosenstein began his career as a independent prosecutor, but turned into "something of a lackey for the president, and for the new attorney general, William Barr."[4]About Rosenstein, Stewart said, "he rushed to judgment, he was quick to exonerate Trump, he mischaracterized the findings of the Mueller report, and he quickly left."[4]

Rosenstein was told to write a memo that justified the firing of Comey and was also told by Trump to give a press conference and offer the false statement that Comey had been fired for his handling of the Clinton email case.

Stewart also mentioned a "dramatic moment" in the book, where Rosenstein said there wasn't anyone he could trust at the White House other than James Comey, whose firing he had just helped cause.

In both interviews, Stewart pointed out that Rosenstein was so "completely unnerved" that he called for wiring the president and invoking the 25th amendment to remove Trump from office. Both interviewers challenged this point, saying it was denied and/or meant as a joke, but Stewart claimed "it's not a joke, as you can see in context" and said he was "amply persuaded it did happen"[5]

Stewart claimed that Bannon, McGann, and Sessions, other criticisms aside, at least knew the line between legal and illegal. He pointed out how all these figures, who had checked Trump's worst impulses, were now gone; now Trump has the people in place who will not stop him from doing whatever he wants.

Stewart also pointed out how the "No obstruction, no collusion" result of Russia investigation emboldened Trump to continue following his worst impulses. The result: Trump ended up giving Democrats exactly the missing piece of the puzzle they needed by telling a foreign country to investigate a political opponent in exchange for military aid.

Stewart highlighted how Trump blames "the Deep State" for all his failings and believed the intelligence community to be personally biased against him. Stewart argued that there is not a vast conspiracy against Trump as a person, it can instead be understood as retaliation for his firing Comey and then lying about it.


Taken from:[2]

  • 1973, DePauw University[6]
  • Harvard Law School


Taken from:[2]

  • 1993, helped start SmartMoney magazine
  • 1992, began work as a staff writer at The New Yorker
  • 1988-1992, front-page editor of The Wall Street Journal
  • 1979, helped start The American Lawyer magazine."
  • 1976-1979, practiced law at Cravath, Swaine & Moore


Taken from:[2]

  • DePauw trustee[6]
  • Carnegie Hall Patron Council member
  • Authors League Fund, treasurer[7]




  • 2016, Gerald Loeb Award for distinguished commentary for his New York Times column, "Common Sense"
  • 1998, Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Journalism with fellow Wall Street Journal writer Daniel Hertzberg for "their stories about an investment banker charged with insider trading and the critical day that followed the October 19, 1987, stock market crash."


Taken from:[2]:

  • 2006, Gerald Loeb Award for best business book, DisneyWar
  • 2002, TIME magazine, best nonfiction book of 2002, Heart of a Soldier
  • 2000, Edgar Awards, best fact crime, Blind Eye[8]


James B. Stewart, Bloomberg Professor of Journalism, Columbia Journalism School
Email: jbs32@columbia.edu
Phone: 212-854-1613
Office: Pulitzer Hall, 709C

Twitter: @JamesStewartNYT

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  1. New Yorker, James B. Stewart, publication website, accessed December 2, 2019.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 New York Times, James B. Stewart, publication website, accessed December 2, 2019.
  3. Columbia Journalism School, James Stewart, university website, accessed December 2, 2019.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Steve Inkeep, "'Deep State' Author Says Trump Has Learned Nothing From The Russia Investigation", NPR, October 7, 2019, accessed December 2, 2019.
  5. 5.0 5.1 PBS NewsHour, "How 'Deep State' book disputes accusations of Trump bias at FBI, DOJ", PBS NewsHour YouTube channel, October 10, 2019, accessed December 2, 2019.
  6. 6.0 6.1 DePauw, Board of Trustees, university website, accessed December 2, 2019.
  7. Authors League Fund, 2017 IRS Form 990, organizational tax filing, p. 14, accessed December 2, 2019.
  8. Edgars Database, Category List – Best Fact Crime, organizational website, accessed December 2, 2019.