DATELINE NBC's series To Catch a Predator has confronted more than 200 people who arrived at a sting house allegedly hoping to have sex with underage kids.
The series has been controversial from the beginning, but scrutiny heightened last year when a Texas prosecutor killed himself after being caught on tape. Then a Texas judge dismissed charges against 23 men caught in Dateline stings.
ABC's 20/20 did a segment on the controversy over the weekend and the 20/20 reporter later posed this question: "What is the role of the media? Are they agents of the police? The thing I was struck by was how the police and media roles seemed to have merged."
Does the Dateline series go too far? Or do journalists have the responsibility to protect the public?
Only 120 of the busted people were convicted of crimes. Does that change the way the show should handle the footage?
The Dateline videos are available here.
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