Deception for Journalism's Sake: A Database

Deception for Journalism's Sake: A Database

Since the 1870s, journalists have been posing as patients or attendants to expose horrid conditions and treatment inside mental hospitals. Nellie Bly, incidentally, was not the first. 

From 1968 to present day, reporters have gone undercover to expose the corruption and mistreatment that occurs within nursing homes.

Reporters encounter or inhabit the lives of very hard-laboring others.

The work of groups such as James O'Keefe's Project Veritas and Lila Rose's LiveAction and their undercover operations.

A gathering of the undercover and experiential reporting of Elizabeth Cochrane, later Seaman, who wrote under the pen name of Nellie Bly.

Journalists have devised any number of ruses to get inside hospitals and clinics --  as patients or staff members.

These are examples of undercover reportage that were considered to have crossed ethical lines or that caused major legal wrangles.