Issue: ‘Dateline’ Pedophile Sting: NBC Collaboration Raises Eyebrows as Well as Awareness/Paul Fahri, Washington Post
More: “The NBC newsmagazine “Dateline” agreed to pay a civilian watchdog group more than $100,000 to create a pedophile sting operation that the network plans to feature in a series of programs next month, network representatives and the organization’s founder said. As part of the sting, the network also went along with police officials’ deputizing of the group’s members, in effect turning “Dateline’s” made-for-TV operation into a law-enforcement action. The segments, taped last month in Ohio, have prompted news media observers and others to question NBC’s methods and criticize its practices.”
Question: Does the ends justify the means? Or has NBC crossed the line here?