Dateline NBC presents in-depth coverage of news stories. Rather than just reading news reports, as most news shows do, the reporters for this show research their subjects and interview the people closely involved to create an informative work of investigative journalism.
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To Catch a Predator is an American reality television series featuring hidden camera investigations by the television news magazine program Dateline NBC. It was devoted to impersonating underage people (generally ages 12–15) and detaining male adults who contacted them over the Internet for sexual liaisons. People were lured to meet with a decoy under the pretense of sexual contact and then confronted. The series premiered in November 2004, and featured 12 investigations in total held across the United States. The investigations were conducted as undercover sting operations with the help of online watchdog group Perverted-Justice. Since the third installment, law enforcement and other officials were also involved, leading to the arrests of most individuals caught. No new episodes have aired since December 2007. NBC affiliates WTMJ in Milwaukee, KSHB in Kansas City and WBRE in Wilkes-Barre have also done local versions of To Catch a Predator. Various spin-offs have aired in the same format, including To Catch a Con Man, To Catch an ID Thief, To Catch a Car Thief and To Catch an i-Jacker, which featured iPod thieves. To Catch a Predator is also aired on FX and Crime & Investigation Network in the United Kingdom, the Crime & Investigation Network in Australia and New Zealand and FOX Crime in Portugal.
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“Bro Rape: A Newsline Investigative Report” is a video by comedy group Derrick Comedy parodying To Catch a Predator, in which a fictitious journalist catches so-called “bros” who sexually assault other “bros”. South Park spoofed the series in its 2007 episode “Le Petit Tourette”, highlighting the exploitative nature of the show and having numerous pedophiles commit suicide upon realizing they'd been set up. The play Meat Puppet is a dark comedy inspired by the events that took place during the Murphy, Texas investigation of To Catch a Predator. In the play, a reporter for the fictional news magazine show Red Letter catches a disgraced film actor soliciting a minor online. When the actor fails to meet the show's decoy in-person, the reporter convinces local authorities to arrest him in his home, live and on-air. In the first season of David Spade's prank TV show Fameless, an innocent victim is pranked into thinking he has been mistaken for an online predator in a skit featuring Chris Hansen himself. Insane Clown Posse made a song called “To Catch a Predator” for their album Bang! Pow! Boom!, in which a killer lures child predators to his home by pretending to be an underage girl online, he then proceeds to torture and kill them.
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