WATCH THE video above and let us know whether you think this is good journalism or voyeuristic trash.
Sometimes, it is a fine line. Here is an excerpt from an Associated Press story about the program, called "What would you do?"
"What Would You Do?" is also a sign of changing times at broadcast news divisions. Quinones is a veteran journalist who reported about Central America for "World News Tonight" and won Emmy Awards for stories on the Congo's rain forest and the Yanomamo Indians. Now he spends most of his time on concocted social situations, a few steps up in class from NBC's "To Catch a Predator" series.
Quinones acknowledged to some trepidation about the idea at first, but he said it has been erased by how many times he's seen brave people do the right thing.
"How many other newsmagazines are tackling domestic violence, racism, attacks on the homeless, date rape, hazing, shopping while black?" Whipple said. Some of the experiments come directly from the news: the recent stabbing death of an immigrant from Ecuador on Long Island has inspired a segment where people's reactions will be tested when they see day laborers threatened with physical harm.
Would you watch the show? Would you host it? Is this even news?
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