"Real Estate Probe Built on Deception" - Henry McNulty - Hartford Courant

"Real Estate Probe Built on Deception" - Henry McNulty - Hartford Courant

by: Henry McNulty | publication date: June 4, 1989 | Publication: Hartford Courant | journal issue: 4 June 1989 | pages: D3

"The Courant staffers who showed up at real-estate offices pretended to be potential home buyers, but they were not. They used altered names, and provided other false information that masked their identities as reporters. In short, they didn't tell the truth. "In this case, was that so very wrong? Doesn't the result justify the falsehoods? . . . I say the lying was unjustified. It's not easy, or pleasant, to find fault with what The Courant did. But even when the goals are noble, and the results are positive for the community, I don't think journalists should lie."

The Hartford Courant's ombudsman takes issue with the newspaper's highly effective real estate discrimination investigation because of its use of deceptive tactics.

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