"Beyond ABC v. Food Lion" - Walter Goodman - The New York Times

"Beyond ABC v. Food Lion" - Walter Goodman - The New York Times

by: Walter Goodman | publication date: March 9, 1997 | Publication: The New York Times |

". . .In December, a North Carolina jury decided that two ''Prime Time Live'' producers went too far in 1992 when they lied on applications and obtained jobs in the back rooms of Food Lion supermarkets. The resulting program hurt Food Lion's bottom line, and ABC News was hit with $5.5 million in punitive damages. The consequences of the decision, which ABC is appealing, will assuredly be felt in future television exposes or the lack of them. . ."

Walter Goodman argues if deceptive practices in journalism are ever justified.