Tim White explains why Scott Pelley used a hidden cameraJanuary 9th, 2012 at 5:57 pm by Ted Nesi under Nesi's Notes
A new column on WPRI.com from Tim White takes a look at last night’s “60 Minutes”:
On Sunday, “60 Minutes” aired their second installment in an investigative series focusing on stem cell scams. They profiled Dr. Eckland and described his method of treatment as “21st-century snake oil being peddled to desperate people.” …
Pelley’s report relied heavily on a hidden-camera interview he conducted with Eckland in that hotel suite. “60 Minutes Overtime,” the Web supplement for their televised newsmagazine, went in-depth on the technical steps it took to wire up the hotel room for the interview.
If you have a few minutes, watch it. Even those who don’t work in news will find the peel-back-the-curtain view of how it all went down fascinating. And having done a few hidden-camera reports myself, I was intrigued at how the “60 Minutes” team handled the situation, and what it says about using the technique.