"Deception - Honest Tool of Reporting?" - David Shaw - Los Angeles Times

"Deception - Honest Tool of Reporting?" - David Shaw - Los Angeles Times

by: David Shaw | publication date: September 20, 1979 | Publication: Los Angeles Times | journal issue: 20 September 1979 | pages: OC1

A reporter for the Detroit News poses as a Michigan congressman to prove how lax security is at a treaty-signing ceremony on the White House lawn.A reporter for the Los Angeles Times poses as a graduate student in psychology working in a state mental hospital to expose conditions there.A reporter for the Wall Street Journal works three weeks on an assembly line in a large plant to investigate charges that the company routinely violates labor practicesAre these unethical activities? ...

An article exploring whether or not deception (i.e. lying about one's identity) is an ethical practice for a journalist.

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