NEW YORK — The sister of a man who was suspected of being a sexual predator and who killed himself as the cameras of "Dateline NBC" closed in on him sued NBC Universal Inc. for $105 million Monday.
Thanks 'B' for the heads-up on this story.
This is a sad story, from whichever perspective you look at it. But it does beg the question, what responsibility do these tabloid 'ambush' reality shows have? Have some of these guys been entrapped into ruining their lives? One must wonder.
They keep coming. An endless, sad parade.
We've all seen the show. We've all heard the familiar line, "I'm Chris Hansen with Dateline NBC, and we're doing a show on adults who solicit children online for sex." We've all seen the sometimes comical reactions of those caught in the sting. Even the guys caught have seen the show before.
It’s sad, and scary. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not taking up for guys who wanna bang 13 year olds (they get what they deserve), but I think Dateline has proven that there’s a predatory element in society which isn’t going anywhere – regardless of the threat of public humiliation and prison.
Old guys, young guys, ugly guys, handsome guys, weirdos who look like predators and clean cut guy-next-door types ... all line up for their 5 minutes of shame. What’s up with that? Why do they do it? All ethnic, religious and socio-economic backgrounds are represented in this predator perp walk. Why? That’s the question I think its time someone studied.
Because it’s apparent to me that Dateline can do this show ‘til the next millennium and guys will still line up to get caught in the sting.
There will be those who’ll blame the Devil -- that easy, bullshit, timeless cop-out for base human frailty -- or internet porn. But just like horny predatory priests are nothing new, this element has ALWAYS been there. The real question is – why do they do it? Why do they see the flame flickering and walk right into it? Why do cities red-light districts have more parishioners than it's churches?
Does the urge to get our freak on (no matter how darkly freaky) trump all possible consequence? I say the obvious answer is yes ... but I don't know why. What do you think?