Planned Parenthood videos, undercover recordings have roots in journalism they challenge - Adam Hochberg - PoynterOnline

Planned Parenthood videos, undercover recordings have roots in journalism they challenge - Adam Hochberg - PoynterOnline

by: Adam Hochberg | publication date: February 23, 2011 | Publication: PoynterOnline |

You might call them “undercover activists.” People posing as pimps and prostitutes visit Planned Parenthood clinics. A Humane Society investigator gets a job at a California slaughterhouse to seek out violations of animal cruelty laws. Republican aides who identify themselves as students “working on a project” confront a North Carolina congressman and elicit a violent response. Yet another set of fake pimps and prostitutes visits offices of ACORN, the controversial community organization. All the while, cameras record video that eventually makes its way onto YouTube. Sometimes the cameras are hidden. In other cases, the recording devices are in plain sight, but the activists conceal their own identities. Either way, the resulting videos often are picked up by the mainstream media, where they help set the news agenda and have profound effects on their targets.

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