The title of a book by Arthur E. Rowse in which he explains *how* the media became drive-bys.
Have you read the book "Drive-By Journalism: The Assault On Your Need To Know"?
The art of writing a story that, under certain circumstances, can lead to the subject losing their credibility, their reputation, or their job. Then the writer of the story sitting back and laughing. Source: Rush Limbaugh.
The New York Times demonstrated a Drive-by Journalism tactic by printing a story about a presidential candidate's "alleged" affair more than a decade ago.