The Sting

TitleThe Sting
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsSociety of Professional Journalists,
PublisherSociety of Professional Journalists is a Web site that can be very convenient for a reporter looking for a good story. But the tactic raises some ethical questions. The Web site scans Internet chat rooms looking for men who can be lured into sexually explicit conversations with invented underage correspondents. Perverted-Justice posts the men’s pictures on its Web site. Is it ethically defensible to employ such a sting tactic? Should you buy into the agenda of an advocacy group — even if it’s an agenda as worthy as this one?
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