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Joanna Weiss

When is ambush TV warranted?

By Joanna Weiss
Globe Columnist / December 4, 2011
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The “Fox Undercover’’ report that aired on WFXT Tuesday night had all the classic trappings of TV news: The scandalous subject, the ambush video, the weird mix of salaciousness and moral superiority. Live at 6! High school teacher has gay porn past! This is what happens when the tried-and-true methods of TV news intersect with a new, strange moment in public morality. How do we decide what to rage about and what to overlook? What’s private life, and what’s fair game? And who is harmed - and helped - when a scandal is unearthed?

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