"The Lying Game" - Susan Paterno - AJR

"The Lying Game" - Susan Paterno - AJR

"Debate over lying to get a story has intensified in the wake of the Food Lion case. Defenders say deception sometimes is critical in reporting important stories. But a mounting chorus of criticism decries the practice as overdone, bad for journalism's credibility - and just plain wrong."

by: Susan Paterno | publication date: May 1, 1997 | Publication: American Journalism Review (AJR) | journal issue: May 1997 |

"Journalists are then left holding a moral compass, charged with finding ways through the ethical thicket of the First Amendment's liberties...."

A critique of undercover reporting, using the Tony Horwitz "9 to Nowhere" series of 1994 in the Wall Street Journal and the ABC "Prime Time Live" undercover segment on the Food Lion supermarket chain to discuss examine the various issues and conflicting points of view.

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