Credibility at Stake When Police Impersonate Journalists

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Writing for Reuters, media columnist Jack Shafer explains why FBI agents should not impersonate journalists, as they did during a 2007 investigation in Seattle. He writes, "Whenever police officers masquerade as journalists, they introduce doubt into the public's mind about whether the next person purporting to be a journalist is actually a police officer or the stories in the news are really bait set by police. It won't take too many acts of imposture like the FBI's in Seattle before the credibility of the press and the willingness of news sources to speak . . .

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