"Their Men in Washington" - Ken Silverstein - Harper's

Reportage

Description

In 2007, Ken Silverstein posed as a representative of a firm with stakes in improving the public image of Turkmenistan, and its dictatorial regime. Under this guise, with considerable deception, he met with D.C. lobbying firms who vied for his business. The results were a story that revealed a thread of depravity in everyday D.C. business.

Media History

The reporting was intended for these media types: Magazine, Book

Effects and Outcomes

Silverstein met with public affirmation for exposing the way some of Washington's most powerful lobbyists operate, but also criticism from some, but not all, media critics for the nature of his undercover report, namely, the level and extent of the deception he perpetrated, which involved a false identity and a dummy company.

Articles, Books, Video/Film