NBC and the Hunt for War Criminals

According to a report in the New York Times (2/11/09), NBC is launching a new series to track down and expose war criminals. The network’s planhas attracted some criticism from U.S. officials and human rights experts, who are concerned that the network’s journalists might be publicizing false accusations against the suspects they’re “confronting” on the air. (The show sounds eerily similar to the network’s To Catch a Predator series, whichpurported to bustsexual predators.)

The first suspect is apparently Leopold Munyakazi, a visiting professor at a Maryland college who has been accused by Rwandan authorities of participating in the 1994 genocide in that country; a Human Rights Watch official is quoted in the article saying that the case against Munyakazi is actually somewhat murky.

If NBC is actually interesting in exposing war crimes, though, there might be an easier way to do this. Couldn’t they just invite Henry Kissinger to appear on Meet the Press, and then “surprise” him?

About Peter Hart

Activism Director and and Co-producer of CounterSpinPeter Hart is the activism director at FAIR. He writes for FAIR's magazine Extra! and is also a co-host and producer of FAIR's syndicated radio show CounterSpin. He is the author of The Oh Really? Factor: Unspinning Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly (Seven Stories Press, 2003). Hart has been interviewed by a number of media outlets, including NBC Nightly News, Fox News Channel's O'Reilly Factor, the Los Angeles Times, Newsday and the Associated Press. He has also appeared on Showtime and in the movie Outfoxed. Follow Peter on Twitter at @peterfhart.