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Gotcha Journalism

13 Things you should never say in a media interview

Tim Ward | Posted 02.10.2016 | Impact
Tim Ward

(Written together with Teresa Erickson) We are two former journalists (and co-authors of The Master Communicator's Handbook) who for twenty years hav...

On the Public Shaming of Underage Persons

Kevin Beckford | Posted 08.19.2014 | Media
Kevin Beckford

Can we stop supporting the exploitation underage people within the "gotcha" media, please? Youth deserve our protection more than anyone, and the current landscape of media reporting does little to ensure that the livelihoods of underage persons are protected.

V Is for Victim

Neal Wooten | Posted 02.22.2014 | Politics
Neal Wooten

There was a time in this country when I would have been surprised to see a public figure resorting to the measure of playing the victim. But now it has become the norm for many politicians and political pundits.

Bring It On, James O'Keefe

Dale Maharidge | Posted 01.01.2012 | Media
Dale Maharidge

One morning last week, I received an email from David Weigel at Slate: the subject line referred to how I'd been "stung" by James O'Keefe's Project Veritas. Believing it was spam, I sent it to my trash folder. Why would O'Keefe come after me?

Going Rogue with Fact Checking

Janet Turley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Janet Turley

It's no surprise that Going Rogue has spun such a widespread reaction. Sarah Palin is a polarizing figure that rarely makes anyone indifferent to her....

Gotcha? You Betcha!

Marty Kaplan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Marty Kaplan

If the kind of gotcha journalism that so irritates John McCain and Sarah Palin were more woven into the fabric of our civic life, we might not be in the mess now consuming us.

The "Gotcha Journalist": An Exclusive Interview with Michael Rovito

Brett Ashley McKenzie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brett Ashley McKenzie

Michael Rovito told me that he chose to approach Sarah Palin because, "I thought to myself that I would regret passing up the opportunity to at least ask a question about her views."

It's Not "Gotcha" Journalism Just Because You Got Caught

Brett Ashley McKenzie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brett Ashley McKenzie

How Sarah Palin will survive a day in Washington when she can't make it for five minutes in line for a sandwich is beyond me.