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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

How about you start with the top guys, OK?
Posted by Jill | 6:09 AM
As if the "To Catch a Predator" series on MSNBC wasn't already bad enough, NBC is expanding the franchise with a new series in which intrepid correspondents go after war criminals:
NBC News, which teamed up with local police officers to trap sex offenders for its successful but scandalous “To Catch a Predator” series, is now using similar tactics to hunt bigger game: war criminals.

But one of the first efforts, an investigation of a Maryland college professor on genocide charges, is already attracting criticism from federal officials months before the program would be broadcast.

For more than a year, NBC has been investigating the possible perpetrators of human rights abuses in several countries, but the case of Leopold Munyakazi, a visiting professor of French at Goucher College in Towson, Md., is the only one that has become public.

In December, an NBC crew and a Rwandan prosecutor confronted Mr. Munyakazi with charges that he had participated in that country’s genocide in 1994.

Reached by telephone on Tuesday evening, Mr. Munyakazi vigorously denied the allegations.

“I have never participated in genocide. I saved a number of people,” said Mr. Munyakazi.

The Department of Homeland Security said it had significant concerns “that a program of this kind could negatively impact law enforcement’s ability to investigate and bring cases against the perpetrators of these horrible crimes.” The Justice Department had no comment about the professor’s case.

Mr. Munyakazi is one of at least four subjects that NBC News producers focused on in apparent cooperation with the Rwandan government. Some human rights advocates are objecting to NBC’s investigation, alleging that the evidence of war crimes is insufficient and the collaboration with a foreign government prosecutor is suspect ethically.

It's preposterous to thump one's chest about how you're going to go after war criminals, and then completely ignore the three biggest war criminals currently living in the country -- George Walker Bush, Richard Cheney, and Donald Rumsfeld.

If MSNBC is that hard up for programming, I know two guys broadcasting from a break room in New York whom I'm sure would be up for the move to TV.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...
NBC? Subsidiary of General Electric? Beneficiary of every war they incorporated? I guess their new motto is "Bringing Good Skirmishes To Life & Bad People To Your Living Room."

Blogger Susan Blake said...
I used to be a news junkie. I thought being "informed" about what happens in the world is critical. I followed the invasion of Iraq as only a mom with a son THERE could - 24/7. Then he came back and told me the truth of what he experienced and how ridiculously our news is censored - even created - for public consumption. Yeah, I used to be a news junkie. suZen