Monday, June 05, 2006

To catch a predator, again?

Beale's Bites has learned that WBRE may do more of its "To Catch a Predator" stories, a localized version of the much-ballyhooed NBC Dateline sweeps series of the same name. Anonymous tipsters say anchorman Andy Mehalshick believes more arrests may be forthcoming.

Did anyone tell WBRE that the May sweeps period is over?

I'm sure Mehalshick and company are happy they aren't in Arizona. Perhaps you've heard of the recent state Supreme Court ruling there, which says charges can't be filed against someone lured into meeting a reporter who poses as a minor. So much for that sweeps idea.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Put the ruling aside for a sec. Those promos starring Andy the anchor and part-time cop (or is it the other way around?) are truly bizarre: The B&W swirls, the shadowy figures, the wooshes and the swooshes. Reminds me of a fight scene from "Batman" the tee vee series.
In any case, the crime-fighting (I'm on your side!) Andy will surely bag another perp. And oh can we breath so much easier.

9:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My understanding of the Arizona ruling is that a person can't be arrested and charged SOLELY on the basis of a reporter's investigation: law enforcement has to be involved. Obviously Andy was assisting police. That burden of proof has been met.

The FCC licenses broadcasters to operate in the "public interest, convenience and necessity." What coulc be more of a public service than getting the bad guys off the street?

Sounds to me as if the nay-sayers posting about this all work for WNEP, where their idea of really serving viewers is "Public Service Bulletin Board."

9:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I enjoy the Catch a Dirtbag series. I think it has some real value--- showing viewers the scum lurking on line. Do I feel badly for the guys Andy nailed? Kind of. But, I see the internet as being a tad bit safer.

Keep up the good work, Mehalshick.

1:03 PM  
Blogger Howard Beale said...

WBRE should be credited for actually putting some effort behind the story, though one would think they could so something else besides copy Dateline NBC, especially since Mehalshick has so many cop connections.

At least it's harder than the mush that tends to come from WNEP.

8:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Come on now. The way this blog goes, it NEP did something like this you'd all be bashing them for being unethical and sensational. It's crazy how one-sided beale's has become.

11:27 PM  
Blogger Howard Beale said...

I think I've criticized and commended all three stations equally; I don't play favorites. But I can't speak for those who post here.

8:01 PM  

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