Deception for Journalism's Sake: A Database

Deception for Journalism's Sake: A Database

Since the 1870s, journalists have been posing as patients or attendants to expose horrid conditions and treatment inside mental hospitals. Nellie Bly, incidentally, was not the first. 

Journalists from the United States and Australia get inside the post-Civil War practice of recruiting Pacific Islanders to work the world's non-U.S. plantations on extended contracts of indenture.

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

The work of groups such as James O'Keefe's Project Veritas and Lila Rose's LiveAction and their undercover operations.

Across the world, journalists have used undercover techniques to expose individual predators and as well as major sex crime rings.

These are examples of undercover reportage that were considered to have crossed ethical lines or that caused major legal wrangles.

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