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 . . .

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