Byline: Lyrissa Barnett Lidsky; 1998-11-01; Tulane Law Review; pages 173
Report: Undercover Journalism Debated
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"Prying, spying, and lying are tools of the trade to a significant portion of today's 'gotcha' journalists. Market pressures require journalists not just to get the story, but to cast it in a dramatic way. Journalists therefore resort to a variety of intrusive newsgathering tools: they adopt false identities and employ hidden cameras, they hound subjects in the streets and stake out their home, they trail police into the homes of crime suspects and crime victims, and they follow ambulance workers to obtain graphic footage or accident scenes."
Description:Individual privacy is being threatened by the media's use of presumptuous newsgathering techniques, writes Lyrissa Barnett Lidsky.
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