Deception for Journalism's Sake: A Database

Deception for Journalism's Sake: A Database

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

Going undercover as volunteers or invited guests has gotten reporters an inside look at some U.S. political campaigns. So has shadowing the candidates in their off-hours. 

Reporters have taken the undercover route from slaughterhouses and chicken- and pork-processing plants to fast-food chains and supermarkets to understand the system.

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

 Reporter efforts to get inside the world of lobbyists, both on Capitol Hill and in the statehouses.

Waste, fraud, graft, laxity, dilapidated conditions, corruption: Reporters have often used undercover tactics to investigate.

Among the most common of poses: journalists who elect to live as tramps, the homeless, or the abject poor.