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NBC paid for Dateline sting

by Adam Finley, posted Apr 11th 2006 8:40AM

NBC logoDateline NBC's journalistic integrity is being called into question after it was revealed that the network paid an organization to set up a pedophile sting for an ongoing investigation titled "To Catch A Predator." An organization called "Perverted Justice" was paid by NBC to set up a sting operation in which sexual predators were lured to a house in Ohio where they were caught by officials. NBC is insisting it did nothing wrong, and that Web-based crimes require new ways of approaching stories. Others disagree, claiming that by money exchanging hands the credibility of the story was affected.

The USA Today piece also had this quote: "NBC said it received at least 15,000 letters or e-mails in response to its February story. Not one parent complained about the journalistic methods used to film the piece, [Dateline NBC executive producer David Corvo] said." Well, they certainly didn't receive any complaints about NBC paying Perverted Justice, because no one knew about it when the segments aired.

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purpleslog

Basically they outsourced the sting part to experts.

So what?

Big Media like NBC has plenty of problems (NASCAR, heh), this isn't one of them.

This is a non-story.

April 11 2006 at 12:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Michelle

I applaud NBC. They paid for something that was well worth it. I found the story to be very educational and eye opening. Great Job NBC!

April 11 2006 at 10:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
DAWSON BAILEY

I SEE NOTHING WRONG WITH WHAT NBC DID. WOULD MORE STATIONS BE WILLING TO FIGHT FIRE WITH FIRE.

April 11 2006 at 10:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Barbara Beck

I personally don't care who or why they paid anybody! It was an education for parents and for the predators. If it scared one predator off the internet it was worth a million!

April 11 2006 at 9:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joe Taylor Jr.

How is this any different from NBC paying a freelance research assistant or a freelance producer to investigate a story? This would only be an ethical violation if Perverted Justice paid NBC to secure the airtime.

April 11 2006 at 9:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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