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Dreadful excuse for a so-called news program.
National Enquirer on TV.
Aside from absolutely exploitive, tasteless topics involving entrapped pedophiles to the guy who makes the Girls Gone Wild videos, we are presented these programs in the most brain-dead manner possible, as told by Keith Morrison.
"Sissy came from a wonderful background. Loving parents. Great at school. A cheerleader. Her football player boyfriend. Everything seemed okay. Or was it?" We then get snippets from these people.
"So what could possibly be wrong with Sissy? Nothing to hear her friends tell about it. But others knew something else." This will be about twenty-five minutes into the program.
Everything covered by this program is dragged out to virtual mind-numbing deadness to fill its timeslot.
When the program is over, the viewer's own mind can sum up faster what they have looked at for an hour.
"Sissy was dating a drug-dealer behind her boyfriend's back. Her parents didn't know either." Why can't Morrison sum it up this fast? NBC could be showing Friday Night Lights or The Book of Daniel in this timeslot, but do they do this? Noooooo, we are treated to Morrison's horrendous deliveries.
This is when we learn how truly valuable can be a remote control.
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Why all the hate? NBC has produced some very notable comedies in the past, and "Dateline", is a shining example of present productions clobbering past conquests. I did not know the host from a coffee cup...my mistake...seriously. Lester Holt is probably one of the best stand-ups anywhere. When he pretends to be serious, or morose, I immediately begin laughing out loud...like LOL out loud. This man does not pretend, but actually lives, "Anchorman". Wow- a chuckle a second. None of these stories are real...they ant be, no way. I recommend this show to those in dire need of some escapism. I missed a few dozen seasons of this program since I was under the impression the stories may be serious. Was I wrong...conjecture anyone? Why watch the news when you can witness some sides plotting fantasies...like..."Dateline". Sit...record it...watch it over and over and you will be a happy camper...camper
Three years ago, Travis Forbes murdered a young woman in Denver. After
becoming the prime and indeed the only suspect and while under
surveillance of sorts he attacked another one in Fort Collins. How
Lydia Tillman survived after being raped, severely beaten and left for
dead in a burning apartment remains to be seen, but she did, and made a
Forbes was eventually persuaded to confess to the murder of the diminutive Kenia Monge, leading the authorities to her grave; he received a life sentence in return. Disturbing and inspiring though this tale of depravity and survival may be, this programme could have been cut by at least half an hour because much of it is taken up with lengthy interviews that should have been severely edited if not excluded altogether.
Lately, Dateline has become a poor copy of 20/20, Sixty Minutes, and 48 Hours with hours spent on covering crime such as murders and scams. Much like A&E's American Justice, Investigative Reports, and other series. Dateline covering the Suitcase Murders was kind of inferior to other shows that focused on the same crime. There is plenty of true crime out there but you should pick and choose one that will engage the audience and expand on understanding it. They aired the Suitcase Murders after the verdict and before sentencing Melanie McGuire to life in prison for murdering and dismembering her husband, William McGuire. Even though there was no evidence connecting her to the crime but circumstantial coincidences. THe fact that Court TV was airing the trial made it easier for NBC Dateline to obtain access to the proceedings.
It's like the first few weeks of American Idol when they exploit the untalented, arrogant, ignorant contestants. This show always focuses on white trash. You hear the family members talk about how the 18 year old victim lit up a room when she walked in. How everyone loved her. How she was beautiful, talented, and smart. Then you learn she was selling herself online, was a crack-whore, and had three children from three different felons. Everyone interviewed is either covered in tattoos or piercings, has several teeth missing, is very uneducated, or most likely all of the above. It's hard to tell if NBC is interviewing these people because the information they have in interesting or if they are exploiting their ignorance for comedic effect (I vote for the latter). Of course these white trash are the focus of this program because they all sleep around, drink excessively, and own 15 guns (the perfect storm of their bread and butter). Aside from all that, they repeat information so much that original information makes up only 10 minutes which is repeated, ad nauseum, to fill the broadcast hour.
The "Predator"- A helpless child of the past, who never could
interrelate to people, and did not take significant strides through
adolescence. Now in the prime of his manhood, he is trying to master
adolescence when the world around him tells him he is too late.
The Watchdog Group "Perverted Justice"- Helpless children of the past, who don't understand what a real day of hard work is really like and "want their cake and also eat it." They want to be helpless children, but also police officers. Society does not permit people to do this except possibly places like Bellvue. So Dateline NBC seeing a ratings smash decides to use "Perverted Justice" as their pawns to knock the enemy pawns, the "predators" off the board, to allow the knights (police and state superior courts) maneuverability to checkmate the queens, (the real men who only are interested in kids). They try to scam the viewer into believing that stupid adult children who can't do anything constructive and are feebly trying to break out of their shell are dangerous pedophiles.
The police who arrest the adult children oh "Predators" have already mastered the horny adolescent stage, have survived the military & have structured themselves to take discipline from commanding officers who pay their salary with taxpayer money. The stupid adult children oh "predators" have only understood structure from mommy and the public school system who manipulate mommy into authoritarian parenting such as send warning notices to mommy for her little angel not passing mid-term exams with important questions like, "In Rowling's "Lord of the Flies" was it Ralph or Piggy that was running in the buff trying to escape from the savage boys, and why was Simon so mean to pummel Piggy for not helping him and the other boys gather sustenance?" "In Salinger's "Catcher in the Rye" why did the hooker cut Holden Caufield some slack and only take a stipend of his balance for services rendered? and why was Holden paranoid that the male teacher kissing him maybe gay?"
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