Chris Hansen Wants to Catch More Predators, but Needs Crowdfunding

Apr 28, 2015

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Former Dateline NBC program, "To Catch a Predator" may make a comeback. The show was hosted by Chris Hansen where he and the civilian watchdog group, Perverted-Justice teamed up to lure people looking to have sex with minors. The last episode aired seven years ago, and Hansen is looking to bring the program back, but this time he'll call it, "Hansen vs. Predator."

Missouri School of Journalism professors and "Views of the News" hosts Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean discuss Hansen's quest to harvest support through Kickstarter.

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McKean speaks to the criticisms that surrounded the program, but he thinks the show was a social good. 

"If you can get some of those folks off the streets, I'd say that probably the average parent at least would say go for it, Chris Hansen."

Perry says although he agrees with that statement, he thinks there's a fine line between taking something very serious and making it entertainment. 

"People aren't really thinking about the long-term consequences of these people actually being on the streets, and whether or not law enforcement, the criminal justice system, the mental health system are doing something to deal with that problem before it gets to that point."

Nonetheless, the question remains if Hansen will be able to raise enough money to get it started again.