Lie. One of the most dangerous temptations journalists should avoid is spinning an innocent—and false—story to government officials or difficult sources in order to get an interview. Better to tell the truth than end up barred from ever entering that country again, Ms. Allam advisess.
A couple of tips:
1. Be honest.
2. Be the "gray man." Probably not a wise idea to sport that turquoise halter top in Iraq.