Lies, fraud, and corruption
The Mirage Tavern
Read/watch for next week
Ed Bradley, "Unhealthy Diagnosis," 60 Minutes, 2003
Matt Stieb, "Here's Every Single Lie Told by George Santos," New York Magazine, 2/21/23
Neela Banejee, Lisa Son, David Hasemyer, "Exxon's Own Research Confirmed Fossil Fuel's Role in Global Warming Decades Ago," Inside Climate News, 9/16/15
Optional Audio: Dina Temple-Raston, "Spotting Lies: Listen, Don't Look," NPR Morning Edition, 2009
Lecture / Q&A
What is fraud? What is corruption? Three kinds of lies. The power of the direct question. Using silence.
WK 5 Detail
WK 5 Homework Tools
Do the following four items for homework.
1: Read/watch this week's assigned materials.
2: Write and submit on Brightspace ONE of the following: 1) pretending that you are Ed Bradley, write a one-paragraph pitch for "Unhealthy Diagnosis;" 2) pretending that you are Neela Banerjee, write a one-paragraph pitch for "Exxon's Own Research Confirmed..."
3: This week, I will Slack each of you one of your previously submitted pitches (ie, from Weeks 1-4) together with the feedback I sent you on that pitch. Rewrite the pitch in a way that implements my editing suggestions and resubmit it to Brightspace. Leave my feedback on the page when you resubmit the rewritten pitch.
4: Imagine you have an interview with the CEO of either Tenet or Exxon. Write and submit on Brightspace FIVE questions that you would ask him about the lies his company promoted, as recounted in this week's read/watch materials. (Just do one CEO or the other, not both.)
This week, I'm offering the first extra-credit assignment. It's worth five points. It's totally optional! But if you missed some points on the early assignments and want to make them up, or if you want some extra points to bank for the future, or if you just really love investigative reporting and want to do an extra-credit assignment, then this is your first opportunity to do so.
Extra-credit assignment #1: Write TWO pitches for stories from our Week 1-Week 5 read/watch materials that you have NOT pitched before. So, for instance, if you wrote a pitch for the 1619 Project in Week 3, then you would not rewrite that pitch for extra credit, but you could write a pitch for the Ellsberg story. This extra-credit assignment, should you choose to accept it, is due two weeks from today on Thursday 3/9.
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