As a Reporter, How Sneaky Are You Willing to Be?

From a story on by Tom Arenberg headlined “If you’re a reporter, how sneaky are you willing to be? Here’s an exercise.”

A reporter for the McCurtain (Oklahoma) Gazette-News ended up with a flabbergasting story when he secretly left a voice-activated audio recorder in a public meeting room after citizens were told to leave a session of the McCurtain County Commission. The reporter, believing county officials had a practice of continuing to discuss government business in violation of the state open meetings law, retrieved the recorder and discovered comments lamenting that Black criminals couldn’t be lynched anymore and talk of killing local reporters.