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Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by rdowns, Jun 29, 2011.
Schmuck didn't watch his own show?
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I hope he didn't send any e-mails to her that said "I want to blank your blank. And then you can blank my blank. It's a full 10 inches, you will love it. And we will blank all night long."
Hey, at least she was 30 and not 16.
I wonder if anyone asked him to have a seat right over there.
What comes around... just bit Chris Hanson in the ass! If you live by the sword, someone's gonna tape you cheating on your wife. Idiot.
Have a seat right over there.
Except he was going after pedophiles on his show.
These are consenting adults.
FTR, I'm not defending him, I think he's a douche for cheating on his wife. I just don't think you can compare what the people he caught on his show were trying to do with what he did.
A thread for this? Such a puritanical society....
I agree. He's an idiot for cheating on his wife, but the guys that were busted on To Catch A Predator were criminals. There's a big difference. BIG.
C'mon. His Holier-Than-Thou "gotcha" style of journalism was used against him. He didn't just go after pedophiles, either. He went after garage door repairmen, bike thieves and anybody else he thought was scum. Guess somebody thought the same of him.
I think it's fair to say that he was holier than pedophiles, shady garage door repairmen, and bike thieves, no?
Why was he scum? Now, quite possibly. Back then, not so much.
I think his To Catch A Predator show was a good thing- I'm sure it opened the eyes of many people/parents/kids to how dangerous the internets could be.
Yeah, I don't get how it's "gotcha" journalism. These people willingly chatted with the undercover investigators, and willingly drove to the house with the intent to screw an underage girl. How is that gotcha journalism?
It is really more entrapment than journalism. Sure these guys have to know better than to willing try to have sex with a 15 year old girl and also might find it suspicious when they pull up to the house and see a shady van out front. I guess it is just an impulse that they can't control. The same as Hanson. I just hope he didn't bring his date beer.
How is it entrapment? They willingly did what they did, no one forced them to.
After enough episodes of those, you'd think these creeps would know that when you walk in and hear a girl say from another room "I'll be right there, I have to get my laundry. I put some cookies and lemonade on the kitchen table for you!" that they should turn around and run
Well, he's certainly far from the first journalist to do those types of undercover investigations. I recall a few specials with shady mechanics and home repair companies as well. All of the people caught up in those stories were criminals though.
It's definitely wrong that he cheated on his wife...but with those specials they were going after criminals. So, I just don't believe we're comparing apples to apples here.
Unless these guys had sex with the who they thought 15 year old girl they are not criminals. Creepy scum yes but they can't be charged with anything.
It is a crime to do what they did, and they were charged and prosecuted. I forgot the exact charge, something about lewd conduct with a minor or something like that.
IMO it's no different than undercover prostitution stings. Well, perhaps the only difference is prostitution should be legal.
I thought most of the charges were dropped because of how NBC went about doing the sting.
Have you ever seen the show? They were absolutely charged and many were convicted and sentenced to prison.
In many of the states just having the conversation and driving to the homes with the intent to have sexual relations is a crime. Not to mention the number of guys who sent lewd pictures to the "undercover" minor.
OOPS--yg17 beat me to it.
There were instances where the charges were dropped, but many more actually led to convictions. And I know that Perverted Justice (the group the show was working with) claims that their work has led to hundreds of convictions.
A lot of police departments will have people that just sit in chat rooms all day finding these people and lure them to a location. The difference from what Dateline did is that they do it by the book. Dateline was just as much about entertainment and ratings then actual law enforcement. A lot of cops don't like the way NBC went about doing their sting.
I'm sorry, I immediately take this with an enormous grain of salt because it is published by the National Enquirer. These are the people who keep publishing evidence of the end of the world, bigfoot sightings, Obama being a muslim, and alien encounters. I swear I saw a cover that said "Gay Aliens Found In Crashed Space-Ship" once.
To be fair the Enquirer as well as TMZ have been better reporting sources than the big outlets lately.
Yes and no. I think what he has done in exposing pedophiles is great. He's a dumbass for cheating but he didn't cheat on her with a child. 20 years his junior does not make him a pedophile. He a somewhat attractive 50-ish year old man. If he weren't married dudes would be high-fiving him ... well some likely are.
Oh I believe that the cops didn't appreciate that they probably had to do things the way the production staff wanted them to. But the fact remains that the show led to arrests and convictions those police departments wouldn't have had otherwise.
Departments do this all the time on their own, they don't want Dateline getting in the way ruining their investigations. Dateline's only reason for doing this was ratings not law enforcement.