"The Mirage" - Paul Galloway - The Quill

"The Mirage" - Paul Galloway - The Quill

"Story of a Chicago Newspaper's Bar and Grill"

by: Paul Galloway | publication date: February 1, 1978 | Publication: The Quill | volume: 66 | journal issue: 2 | pages: pp13-16

". . . [S]uch a rich vein of dishonesty was mined that the revelations ran for four weeks. The Mirage became the best known bar in Chicago . . . Its fame went beyond the city limits. Newspapers, magazines and radio networks . . . did stories and interviews. CBS's '60 Minutes' featured the Mirage and so did 'The Today Show' on NBC. Time and Newsweek wrote about it . . . The wire services and scores of U.S. newspapers ran articles. "Readers were fascinated and outraged . . . The Mirage series grabbed Chicago by the shirt collar and shook it, and much of the impact and success could be attributed to the newspaper's departure from conventional investigative techniques. . . ."

A story about the Chicago Sun-Times Mirage expose and its outsized impact.

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