The ends is not to make a television show. They just happen to film it.
Yep, that's unfortunately the wrong
way around... As Stacey says, the ends are
to make a TV show, they just happen top have some police in there somewhere... And, because of the silly nature of the whole thing, the legal consequences probably aren't as much as you think.
To Catch a Predator is a sting operation, plain and simple. They don't make the pedophiles show up to the house, just like they don't make the druggy try to buy, or the solicitor go up to the prostitute. I really just don't have a problem with sting operations at all.
In those examples you've used real situations, but unlike them no child was involved here at any stage, not even a teenager... But that's irrelevant really, that's not a realy
The true purpose
of a "sting", the usefulness of it, is mainly to try and trap an actual
felon; some slippery bastard who you know about but haven't been able to get any other way. That's
a sting and they are indeed pretty good tactics. This however is just about fishing
for losers to make TV. It's not even on the level of dressing up a policewomen as a hooker and putting her on a street corner, since the people they're trying to catch are doing all the work and all she does is wait. In this
instance the TV guys and the volunteer group are "grooming" these idiots, guiding them every step of the way, holding there perverted hands (so to speak), and making them into what they need for the show.
The ironic thing is that the people who love
this kind of TV, the ones who it's aimed at, are the disgusting, unthinking, gross, slimy underbelly, the very scum between the toes of our great society... The morons who revel in Jerry Springer, the closet paedophiles who watch music videos by the latest teen sensation pop-stars, who drool over the latest teen sensation sports stars, and fantasise over the latest teen sensation movie stars as they read their weekly copy of their latest pop-culture celeb-watch magazine (whether that's for men or
women it's bound
to have a pic of Britney or Paris in there somewhere), the holier than thou brigade who delight in practising the exact opposite of what they preach and never ever
realise it. They're all exactly
the same people as the lonely perverts and that moronic host in that TV show.