Years ago NBC News sent actors dressed in Muslim garb to a NASCAR race, in hopes that NASCAR fans might mistreat them in some way. (It didn’t work.) NBC never apologized.
NBC’s ploy crossed the line from reporting news to trying to create news. Now ABC News has been caught doing something similar. According to a speaker at a rally against the Cordoba House project, ABC sent a man undercover into the crowd, who tried to stir up the crowd while an ABC cameraman recorded at a distance. The man refused to identify himself, and later tried to hide his connection to ABC, which seems to settle any question about whether this was an innocent project.