Wow. Even for local TV news. Just…wow.

From Minnesota Public Radio’s The Loophole blog:

So, there was an attempted child abduction in Edina [MN] last week. As a way of advancing…illustrating…dramatizing…the story, our local Fox affiliate KMSP Fox 9 is pursuing a provocative journalistic notion:

Cruise the streets in an unmarked SUV after school lets out, and see if young kids walking down the street will respond to you.

Evidently the KMSP news-cruiser/pedophile-mobile was out this afternoon…

MPR’s Jeff Horwich dubs the apparently abandoned KMSP segment, “To Be A Predator.”

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Liz Cox Barrett is a writer at CJR.