What the latest Project Veritas flop can teach us about undercover media work.
Jack Shafer
Project Veritas went undercover and got buried in its own muck this week. Although the organization garnered few defenders inside or outside of journalism, its nutty ploy reprised the century-and-half-old debate over the uses of this kind of deception in reporting.
Christopher Davis
Mark Thompson
David Boratav
"With China going from strength to strength, is the outside world's resolve wavering over Tibet? François Picard's panel reacts to France 24's undercover reporting on Beijing's "Sinicization" - enforced assimilation - of the Tibetan capital."
The line that editors walk between legitimate investigation and entrapment can sometimes be a fine one
Roy Greenslade
Roy Greenslade questions the legitimacy of investigative reporting. He uses several examples of times he thinks reporting has been taken too far and times when he feels reporting undercover has been justifiable.
Walter Goodman
The negative ramifications of using the method of undercover reporting are discussed. The Food Lion exposé is being used as an example.
Brooke Gladstone
Both the 2008 and 2013 versions of this segment on WNYC's "On the Media." "Should reporters lie or misrepresent themselves in order to get an important story? Undercover reporting has long been an effective, exciting and, some would argue, necessary journalistic tool. But at a time when the public's trust in the press is waning, can journalists afford to lie? . . . Brooke [Gladstone] talks with undercover reporters and their critics." (Interviewed: Howard Kurtz, Bill Wasik, Brooke Kroeger, Pam Zekman, Mike Wallace, Eileen Murphy, Ken Silverstein, Jack Fuller, Chris Hansen)
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