That’s right. The Fairy Prince of late night dun stoe my bit making fun of Chris Hansen’s latest offering, “To catch an iPod theif”. I wrote a little sum’m sum’m last Thursday pointing out the complete and utter waste of time (and money) that whole skit was. And what do I see Monday? Conan the Barbarian doing the same thing! Sure, being a TV show, his jab was a bit more elaborate, aaand yes, he probably doesn’t even know I exist, but that is not the point. I demand satisfaction! Althoughhh, a few people have looked at that post. So I suppose it is conceivable that one of his flunkies did read it. Yes. Yes my fellow hoppers, I do believe that the glove does indeed fit this time. Quick, somebody get Johnny Cochran on the phone! I need to get my legal defense fund started! We need to get an e-mail campaign going and bring down www.hornymanatee.com!
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So I saw another Dateline story, “To catch an iPod thief”. I know, I know. I can already hear your moans of pain. I have a suggestion for Dateline. Perhaps for their next show, they should get Stone Philips to do a Dateline Mystery special to see if they can figure out what the point of this story was? What has happened to Dateline? I remember a time (a long time ago) when they actually did stories that mattered. Maybe not to the level of 60 Minutes or Frontline, but there was at least an effort, some justification for their journalism degrees. Wait — they do have degrees, don’t they? Maybe Stone should look into that first.
The overall strategy was to buy a bunch of 30Gb iPods, leave them were they would likely be stolen, and then track the people down to ask one of the more stupid questions they could’ve asked. “So why d-ya do it man?” Clever. Although I thought the strategy used to track down these cleptos was pretty sneaky. Perhaps not $40,000 sneaky, but sneaky. (They hired a software company to modify the installation software that comes with iPods so when people registered for iTunes, the personal information was also sent to Dateline. Chris happened to mention the cost of doing this.)
I can only justify this story airing by fooling myself into believing that every producer on the show was on vacation. There is no possible way they heard the pitch of this story and thought, “Brilliant!” What was the point? The overriding message? The great truth revealed? On the plus side, however, I think they did manage to run fewer commercials this time than with the last Pulitzer Prize winning show, “To catch an ID Thief”. But, they still didn’t have enough material for an hour long show. Also, I think they did manage to possibly give identity thieves a new and interesting way of, well, stealing identities.
Yyaaa. So I actually saw a Dateline episode on NBC, the “To Catch on ID Thief”. I must say that I was a bit surprised. I didn’t think these folks were capable of doing a story that approached actual journalism anymore. As bad and as brazen as ID thieving is, I think the biggest crime committed here was the amount of time spent in commercial. I mean common! I didn’t keep track or anything, but I think that they may have actually succeeded in spending more time doing commercials than they did the show! Which is kinda curious if you think about it. 1) For an investigation that supposedly lasted an entire year, they didn’t even have enough material for an hour long show? 2) Given the shrinking audience base NBC is experiencing (they are in fourth place), you would think they would be a little more gun shy about pulling such sillyness. Its not like they can afford to loss any more ratings points by turning off viewers.
Also, why didn’t he press the girl at the DHL office? I’m sure I’m not the only one thinking that she was in on the network. You ship a package via DHL to a foreign country, it arrives at the air port, and the person drives to the air port to pick it up? How would the recipient even know the package arrived? Wouldn’t it be DHL that would pick up the package and deliver it? Clearly a missed opportunity. And why didn’t he press the phony lawyer? It was obvious this guy initially thought Chris was law enforcement of some sort. Why didn’t he take advantage of that?
Interesting story, you can read it here, I give it an E for effort, but ultimately a missed opportunity.