Deception for Journalism's Sake: A Database

Deception for Journalism's Sake: A Database

Reporters have taken the undercover route from slaughterhouses and chicken- and pork-processing plants to fast-food chains and supermarkets to understand the system.

Redpath, Olcott, Richardson and Thomson all went South for the New York Tribune and produced reporting undercover in the run-up to the Civil War.

Journalists have devised any number of ruses to get inside hospitals and clinics --  as patients or staff members.

Journalism that required costuming or even physical transformation by reporters reporting on racial, ethnic, gender or social groups not their own.

From 1968 to present day, reporters have gone undercover to expose the corruption and mistreatment that occurs within nursing homes.

Waste, fraud, graft, laxity, dilapidated conditions, corruption: Reporters have often used undercover tactics to investigate.

 Reporter efforts to get inside the world of lobbyists, both on Capitol Hill and in the statehouses.