Am I the only one who finds Dateline/MSNBC's show To Catch a Predator as sleazy and disgusting as the guys they go after
? Don't misunderstand this; adults should not be stalking little kids for sex partners. However, watching MSNBC
correspondent Chris Hansen
in action makes me wonder if he's not getting his own jollies from doing this. There is something disturbing and puerile in the whole process. Law enforcement officials should
go after sexual predators, but making the arrest process a form of voyeuristic entertainment is, in my mind, just as perverted as those the police are arresting.
Maybe I wouldn't feel so offended were MSNBC to go after - with equal zeal - corporate criminals like former CEO of body-armor manufacturer DHB Industries David Brooks
or the slimeballs who tried to profit on the backs of the poor
during the subprime mortgage loan scandal.
DHB Industries, [now known as Point Blank Solutions] is the largest supplier of body armor to the U.S. military, having shipped more than 1.3 million Interceptor vests since 1999. However, the product suffered test failures in 2005, prompting the Marine Corps to switch to a different supplier earlier this year.
I realize that little children who have been coerced or conned into having sex with adults can very likely be traumatizing for the kids, and, as a society we need to do what we can to protect vulnerable children from that.
But having a loved one in the military injured or killed because of shoddy protective equipment is traumatizing too the families as well.
Moms and dads - along with their innocent children - who get evicted because they can no longer afford to be gouged by predatory [and immoral] lenders - can be every bit as traumatic, and affect a much larger number of the American citizenry, than the harm these child molesters that MSNBC would apparently rather have us pay attention to that we could in learning about the horrors these fiscal predators wreak upon their victims.
I'd watch those busts of corporate criminal predators with a greater degree of satisfaction. I remain skeptical that the main stream media would even consider such a programming partnership with the appropriate level of constabulary supports. I'm more apt to believe that there are only certain kinds of predators that the main stream media want us to remain focused upon.UPDATE: #-1
My only experience seeing a corporate predator doing the perp walk was when John Rigas
, the former head of Adelphia Communications, "...was arrested and charged with looting the cable TV company of hundreds of millions of dollars to pay for luxury condos, a golf course, and to cover personal losses
". The criminal complaint against Rigas, alleged that he engaged in fraud and criminal self-dealing and that he and other family members "looted Adelphia on a massive scale, using the company as the Rigas family's personal piggy bank, at the expense of public investors and creditors
Ironically, John Rigas' perp walk, shown on TV, took place the same day I got my monthly cable bill from Adelphia with an announcement that it was raising its "rates to cover necessary expenses
." I'll bet. UPDATE: #-2
Mr. Hansen's reportage has not always been that squeaky clean. In November 2006 Hansen and the camera crew from his film group [Perverted Justice] were on-site when a suspect, Louis William "Bill" Conradt, Jr. a district attorney from Texas, committed suicide prior to police coming to arrest him. Hansen initially denied that he or his crew were onsite, but staff from Esquire Magazine confronted him about his involvement
in the entrapment and arrest of the man.
Police told Esquire Magazine reporters that they would not have served the warrant with camera crews rolling and did not know they were there.
Because of this, and other incidents, Hansen has been accused of either colluding with police departments [presumably to get footage] or even pressuring police departments to conduct sting arrests. If this were the case, it is all the more disturbing that a civilian might so manipulate legal authorities just to get exciting footage for a quasi-pornographic tv show. According to an entry about Hansen on Wikipedia, Hansen angrily denies ever colluding with police departments to make arrests.
Labels: criminal justice, exploitation, predators, sensationalism