Thursday, February 19, 2009

New NBC Program: "Catch a Cheney"

No, it's not the truth, although I'd love it if it were.

Over at Consortium News, media critic Jeff Cohen suggests that NBC could raise its flagging ratings by doing to big-name politicos like Cheney what they have capitalized with on with their "Catch a Predator" type shows:

Here’s my idea: A series of NBC News primetime specials featuring spectacular ambushes of big-time criminals lured into what they expect to be pleasurable surroundings.
But, with hidden cameras whirring, the startled villain is dramatically confronted with the evidence of his massive crimes as millions of viewers look on in scorn and righteous amusement.
If it sounds familiar, it’s because NBC News has scored huge ratings with its “To Catch a Predator” sleaze-fest – in which potential sex offenders by the bushel were lured via the Internet to what they thought would be sex with kids and instead got caught by NBC cameras and cops in hiding.
But my proposal doesn’t involve sex abusers. I’m talking about men who’ve launched illegal war, mass murder, torture, dictatorship. And they’re household names.
Like Cheney, Kissinger, Rumsfeld, Libby, Wolfowitz, and -- the biggest fish of all -- Baby Doc Bush. Hell, not only would I watch this show, I'd pay good money to see it.