When popular First Lady Rose Gannon dies suddenly (and mysteriously) during an interview with White House correspondent Lark Chadwick, Lark is thrust into the midst of a media-bashing frenzy. Lark, still reeling from the death of her photographer boyfriend, finds herself covering a grieving president struggling with his pain while trying to defuse a looming nuclear war. In the era of “fake news,” when all “facts” are suspect (and reporters are targets), Lark tries to discover the truth while also under personal attack. FAKE is author John DeDakis’s most important and perhaps most controversial book to date. In FAKE, DeDakis, a former White House correspondent, and former CNN Senior Copy Editor, offers a real-life look behind-the-scenes at the ethical struggles of a female journalist in a #MeToo world. Protagonist Lark Chadwick is a strong-willed, strong-minded twenty-something trying to walk the line between personal feelings and dispassionate objectivity – trying to discern the difference between what’s real . . . and what’s fake.