We live in a frenetic 24/7 news cycle, and consecutive studies have shown that the media has never enjoyed less trust from the public than it does now.
In this series, INQ looks at how for the tabloid media being “first” is nearly always more important than being right — or being human. Over three parts we’ve drawn on wide-ranging interviews, studies and published works to give the most detailed insight into how the media hunt down their “talent”, what happens to those people after the story fades from the front pages, and the mercenaries making a fortune off the entire industry.
Reporters stalking their victims need to be ruthless and persistent. The techniques are varied and ubiquitous. Today, INQ pulls back the curtain on those techniques.
When the proverbial hits the fan and someone becomes engulfed in a media storm, there’s an army of people ready to clean up, for a price.