"NPR video stings ethics too" - James Rainey - Los Angeles Times

"NPR video stings ethics too" - James Rainey - Los Angeles Times

Secret recordings like the ones that took down NPR's Ron Schiller and embarrassed Republican Gov. Scott Walker signal a disturbing move away from transparency in news gathering.

by: James Rainey | publication date: March 11, 2011 | Publication: Los Angeles Times |

Here come the blockbuster news alerts. First: Governor of Wisconsin ready to demonize unions by planting protests with anti-labor thugs. And then this: Top NPR executive cozies up to nefarious Muslims, loathes real, God-fearing Americans.Talk about big news! Talk about changing the conversation! Talk about … a load of hooey, brought to you by your friendly purveyors of ambush "journalism," secret recordings and ham acting designed to draw out the worst in others.

Rainey frames the O'Keefe undercover reports as a cautionary tale, and an indication of a sea change in journalistic transparency.

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