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From AJR,   October/November 2007  issue

Ambush Journalism   

Thank you for Deborah Potter's excellent column regarding "To Catch a Predator" (Broadcast Views, August/September). I watched it a couple of times and found myself getting angry about the blatant ambush journalism that TV so enjoys. However, I couldn't quite pinpoint the logical reasons for the emotional reaction. Thank you for doing that.

Steve Henson
Managing Editor
Pueblo Chieftain
Pueblo, Colorado

While I have watched "To Catch a Predator" with interest, I have felt an uneasiness about the concept which I didn't fully realize until I read your story. You make an excellent point that the network is setting up the sleazy "humilitainment" (cute!) for us all to watch.

Jerry White
Mission Viejo News
Mission Viejo, California