In 1977 the Chicago Sun-Times bought a bar and ran it with undercover reporters to investigate widespread corruption.
Robert Dee, a British professional tennis player who was deemed “The world’s worst tennis player”, sued newspaper and media sites for giving him the embarrassing title. He would successfully win all of the court cases and post every formal apology letter written on his website.
Mika Brzezinski, an MSNBC News Anchor, refused to read a report about Paris Hilton’s release from jail on National Television and ranking it over a story on the Iraq War. Then after repeatingly being pressured to do the story, she attempted to light the script on fire on the air.
President Adams regularly swam nude in the Potomac River. Anne Royall, the first American professional journalist, knew of Adams’ 5 A.M. swims. After being refused interviews with the president time after time, she went to the river, gathered his clothes and sat on them until she had her interview. Before this, no female had interviewed a president.
Two student journalists proved the innocence of a man 50 hours before he was due for execution – saving his life and resulting in the real killer’s confession.
New York Times Reporter William Seabrook, in the interests of research, obtained a chunk of human meat from the body of a healthy human killed in an accident, then cooked and ate it. He reported, “It was like good, fully developed veal, not young, but not yet beef.”
A group of American journalists formed a secret society ‘The Order of the Occult Hand‘ whose only goal is to slip the meaningless phrase “It was as if an occult hand had…” past editors and into published articles.
A reporter who wrote stories about a serial killer was actually the serial killer himself.