"The Mirage" - Pamela Zekman and Zay N. Smith

"The Mirage" - Pamela Zekman and Zay N. Smith

Author: 
Pamela Zekman
Editor: 
Zay N. Smith

From the jacket: "A tale of cold beer and hot graft, in which a team of investigative reporters ran a Chicago tavern to probe corruption -- and pulled off the greatest sting in the city's history."

Book Excerpt: 
" . . . But the Sun-Times would be very conservative here. It wouldn't offer a single nudge, let alone twenty, toward the commission of a crime. The only act would be to open a tavern - and then let the visitors take it from there. This was a matter of news judgment as well as ethics. The aim of the project was to catch Chicago in the act of being itself. "Invasion of privacy. It would be an invasion of privacy if a reporter worked under cover, say, as a politician's valet or housemaid. But a tavern was a licensed public place. The Sun-Times, of course, would exercise discretion about certain kinds of revelations. If a tippler told a story that was worth sharing but quite personal, his identity would be protected. As for criminal acts, the newspaper would reveal names, dates, places and amounts. . . . "
Year of Publication: 
Mon, 1979-01-01
Rights Information: 
Copyrighted
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City of Publication: 
New York City
Book Publisher: 
Random House