Ethics of Paper’s Fake Arson Story Debated

“King County prosecutors and sheriff’s detectives asked the editors at the Eastside Journal, now called the King County Journal, to run a fake story about a staged arson to make Sherer believe an accomplice had carried out his plans. The newspaper complied.” —Ethics of Paper’s Fake Arson Story Debated Seattle Times)

Woah! When does the paper’s responsibility to the community include publishing a lie? This is troubling. But this isn’t a story about simply trying to catch an arsonist. The suspect was planning multiple murders, and wanted to test whether he could trust an accomplice before hiring him for additional murders.