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"1978: Bribes Were Only Real Thing at Mirage" - Chicago Sun-Times

". . .Investigative reporters had known the problem for years. The system in Chicago was government by envelope: shakedowns and payoffs, finagling and fixes. The victims, mostly people who ran businesses in the city, were always asking for help. But nobody would come forward. Nobody would go on record. . ."

Chicago Sun Times  Sunday, February 17, 2008

Mirage Reaction: "Subpena Liquor Inspector Records" - Mirage - Chicago Sun-Times

". . .The pair have been suspended pending a dismissal hearing before the Illinois Department of Personnel. The shakedown at the Mirage was described in a Sun-Times story last week. . ."

Chicago Sun Times  1978-01-26

News Bites - Michael Miner - Chicago Reader

[From James Hoge:] "The key question concerning the propriety of the project was whether it involved entrapment. In preparation for the Mirage project, the reporters involved were instructed by lawyers in how to avoid entrapping suspects. Under Pam [Zekman]'s superb direction, I don't believe the reporting ever crossed that ethical line."

Chicago Reader  2002-10-11

"We Pay $70 'Extra' for Sign" - Mirage - Chicago Sun-Times

"The Mirage found it couldn't even put up a sign in Chicago without putting in the fix. "'You'll have to wait three months for your sign -- unless you pay off the city inspectors," warned Larry Bryant of Barry Signs."

Chicago Sun Times  1978-01-17

"Undercover Reporting Backed by Readers" - Editor & Publisher

"The daily's study, which queried 603 local residents, showed a majority of them support undercover reporting tactics involving hidden cameras, microphones and concealed identities. "When asked how important it is for a newspaper 'to do this type of investigative reporting' 77% responded 'very important,' 19% said 'somewhat important' while only 2% opted for 'not at all important.'"

Editor and Publisher  1980-08-23

"The Mirage" - Paul Galloway - The Quill

". . . [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. . . ."

The Quill  1978-02-01

"The Mirage Non-Award" - Columbia Journalism Review

"The reasoning of the board majority, according to abundant leaks, was that the Sun-Times report involved deception bordering on entrapment . . . This writer must question the wisdom of the majority. The central issue is: how else could such corruption be exposed? If the reporters had simply quizzed bar owners, none would have provided documented evidence on the record. If one had, he'd soon have been out of business. Moreover, there are ample defensible precedents for judicious use of the technique. . . . Believing the Mirage case to be well within the bounds of responsible, defensible conduct, this column offers its own imaginary award to the Chicago Sun-Times for service to its community."

Columbia Journalism Review  1979-09-01

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

"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.'

Columbia Journalism Review  1979-09-01

"Pulitzers: Was Mirage a Deception?" - Columbia Journalism Review

"James Reston helped to define the issue when he reportedly drew a distinction between 'pretense' and 'deception' at the [Pulitzer] board meeting. Pretense, in this scheme is a passive act: the reporter allows someone to draw the wrong conclusion about who he is or what he knows. Deception, however, is active; the reporter intends to mislead. 'It's biblical, man,' says [Ben] Bradlee of the Post. 'How can newspapers fight for honesy and integrity when they themslevse are less than honest in getting a story? Would you want a cop to pose as a newspaperman?' Other board members, however, admit that they have allowed reporters to conceal their identities in the past, and most reserve the right to do so in the future."

Columbia Journalism Review  1979-07-01

Reaction: "2 Abortion Referral Firms are Subpenaed" - Pamela Zekman and Karen Koshner - Chicago Sun-Times

Illinois Atty. Ge. William J. Scott issued subpenas Thursday for the records of two abortion referral services in an investigation of possible consumer fraud.

Chicago Sun Times  1978-11-17

"Probe Michigan Av. Abortion Clinic Death" - Pamela Zekman and Pamela Warrick - Chicago Sun-Times

The Cook County state's attorney's office has reopened its investigation of the abortion-related death of a Hammond woman because of information provided by the Sun-Times and Better Government Assn. The woman, 26-year-old Sherry Emry, died Jan. 2 after undergoing an abortion at the Water Tower Reproductive Center, 840 N. Michigan. First Assistant State's Atty. Barry Gross said, "Based on information we received from you about the practices at that clinic, we are pursuing the [Emry] case."

Chicago Sun Times  1978-11-17

Reaction: "Doctor Loses Out in 2 Court Battles" - Pamela Zekman and Karen Koshner - Chicago Sun-Times

Dr. Arnold Bickham, who is challenging the state's authority to regulate his abortion business, lost two court battles Wednesday. In one, a Circuit Court judge temporarily prohibited abortions at Bickman's South Side medical clinic.

Chicago Sun Times  1978-11-16