Journalism Or Trash?

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

I don't much care how it's done, as long as it's done. I am referring to Fox News:
Shows like "America's Most Wanted" and "To Catch a Predator" are taking to the airwaves in an attempt to nab sexual predators in a very public way. These shows often involve trying to nab predators — or would-be predators — who communicate online with people they believe to be underage kids.
Great idea, actually. But, of course, let the whining commence:
"Sexual predators running around, picking up children off the 'Net are not an epidemic … ["To Catch a Predator"] focuses on the equivalent of a sexual straw man, turning the stranger-predator into the 'epidemic,'" said Pierre Tristam, a columnist at the Daytona Beach News-Journal in Florida, who recently wrote a controversial article on the popular "Dateline" series and says the shows epitomize "tabloid pulp."
Quite frankly, I very much enjoy the facial reactions of those caught. How can one possibly refute hard copies of e-mails and the video of one's actions?
Your opinion?
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