Date: November 15, 2010
“[Marsha] Bartel charges that many of the program’s ethical lapses stem from its relationship with Perverted Justice, a shadowy vigilante group that the show uses to ‘troll for and lure targets into its sting.”
“[…] by paying Perverted Justice, NBC has given the group a ‘financial incentive to lie to trick targets of its sting.’ The identities of the group’s 50-plus volunteers were kept secret from her, Bartel says, adding that Perverted Justice does not provide ‘complete transcripts from its trolling operations,’ so network officials ‘cannot independently verify the accuracy’ of the group’s transcripts. In some instances, Bartel claims, sting targets are ‘led into additional acts of humiliation (such as being encouraged to remove their clothes) in order to enhance the comedic effect of the public exposure of these persons.’ She also charges that NBC has unethically covered up the fact that law enforcement officials have acted improperly while working in conjunction with the ‘To Catch a Predator’ crew, such as ‘goofing off by waving rubber chickens in the faces of sting targets while forcing them to the ground and handcuffing them.'”
“[…] when she ‘raised concerns’ about controversial comments made by Perverted Justice’s founder, David Corvo, executive producer of the newsmagazine ‘Dateline,’ responded, ‘We all know they’re nuts.”
“NBC, she adds, was ‘more interested in sensationalizing and dramatizing the Predator series for profit than news reporting.”
I am recording this for posterity…
It makes for some very interesting reading, if you are unfamiliar with the hate group, “perverted justice”, or only have a superficial awareness of who they are and what they have been doing.
I wont give much comment, other than to say it speaks volumes, having someone so fundamentally integral to the “to catch a predator” series [NBC Dateline], come out and expose these very troubling aspects of the show [and by extension, both the actions of NBC, “perverted justice” and some of the police involved].
Truly shameful and disgusting stuff, here…