I did not watch the TODAY Show interview of Jerry Sandusky. Sandusky is certainly a character and he makes for great television. Yet while I have no problem with NBC running the interview, I cannot help but think that this is just an attempt to cash in on sensationalizing child rape to boost the TODAY Show’s falling ratings. NBC could do better than that.
I am not the only one who took issue with the interview. Christopher Anderson, the Executive Director of MaleSurvivor, released a statement about it. In part:
By airing these interviews, and capitalizing on the ensuing storm of controversy unleashed by this announcement, NBC and [independent filmmaker John Ziegler] have chosen to give national exposure for a second time to a child rapist whose indisputable guilt on over 40 counts of sexual abuse of children was unanimously agreed upon by a jury of his peers.
These interviews have no independent news value, and will publicize and quite likely provide additional funding to Ziegler’s independent project. It should be noted that members of the Paterno family have disavowed any connection to this project. Airing these clips will re-victimize some of the survivors of Sandusky’s crimes. It also serves as highly unethical harassment by Sandusky of his victims. Further, it serves to give credence to Ziegler, who has publicly proclaimed his doubts that Sandusky’s behavior constituted sexual abuse against victim #2.