Cover Ups

Friday, August 28, 2009

Transcript

Should reporters lie or misrepresent themselves in order to get an important story? Undercover reporting has long been an effective, exciting and, some would argue, necessary journalistic tool. But at a time when the public's trust in the press is waning, can journalists afford to lie? In a piece that originally aired last fall, Brooke talks with undercover reporters and their critics.

Comments [3]

Janet Graham from Kalamazoo MI

Jayson Blair hardly represents the field of undercover journalism or even, I hope, journalism in general. Unfortunately, his foremost link will always be that he manufactured and plagiarized his stories.

Aug. 30 2009 07:50 PM
Kate Zebrose from Somerville, MA

I found the subject matter interesting, but was disappointed that the case of the food critic was not addressed. Food critics go to restaurants as patrons without revealing they are "journalists". If they did reveal who they were they would be unable to give a reasonable assessment. I would be interested in whether the purists interviewed would see an issue in this case.

Aug. 30 2009 09:40 AM
Kate Zebrose from Somerville, MA

I found the subject matter interesting, but was disappointed that the case of the food critic was not addressed. Food critics go to restaurants as patrons without revealing they are "journalists". If they did reveal who they were they would be unable to give a reasonable assessment. I would be interested in whether the purists interviewed would see an issue in this case. http://www.onthemedia.org/episodes/2009/08/28/segments/139657

Aug. 30 2009 09:40 AM

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