"The Mirage Takes Shape" - Zay N. Smith and Pamela Zekman - Columbia Journalism Review

"The Mirage Takes Shape" - Zay N. Smith and Pamela Zekman - Columbia Journalism Review

"The Sun-Times tavern series exposed city-wide corruption - but raised questions about press ethics. Here, the reporters who wrote the series describe how, and why, their newspaper started pouring shots in the Windy City."

by: Zay N. Smith, Pamela Zekman | publication date: September 1, 1979 | Publication: Columbia Journalism Review | volume: 18 | journal issue: 3 | pages: pp. 53-57

"Every editor had his own way of saying: nice idea, but let's get serious. It was time she learned Hoge's way. 'We'd have to budget at least a year ahead for something like that,' he said. 'At least a year.' Zekman slowed the stroll. 'Are you saying . . .?' 'And there are a lot of questions. Entrapment for one. Security. We'd have to go at it very carefully.' 'Are you saying we could actually do it?' 'Let me take a look at the budget. That's where we'd have to start.'

The article is adapted from Smith and Zekman's book<em>The Mirage</em> which details their experiences in conceiving and executing the <em>Sun-Times</em>'s Mirage tavern sting.

Copyrighted, used with permission.