Dateline, the NBC newsmagazine which has scored big ratings for its To Catch a Predator investigations, announced today that it would introduce a new investigative series this fall, entitled To Catch a Senator.
At a press conference in New York, NBC News president Steve Capus said that To Catch a Senator would focus the Dateline investigation team's energies on "the number one menace in America today: pervy Republican senators."
While he indicated that plans for the program are still being developed, Mr. Capus said that To Catch a Senator would use an airport bathroom as the nerve center for its sting operation.
Specifically, he said that the program would deploy Predator host Chris Hansen as a decoy to lure depraved senators into lewd contact.
"Chris will be waiting in one of the bathroom stalls, and when the senator taps on the wall, Chris will kind of pop out of the stall and start grilling him," Mr. Capus said. "We'll nail that bastard faster than he can say 'I'm not gay.'"
But even as NBC trumpeted its latest Dateline spin-off, industry insiders wondered whether there would be an adequate supply of sex-crazed senators to keep the program going for more than a few episodes.
For his part, Mr. Capus brushed off such concerns, telling reporters, "As long as there are Republican senators out there who oppose gay marriage, there will always be plenty of pervs."
Elsewhere, President Bush praised Pakistan's General Pervez Musharraf for agreeing to stand for election, saying, "If free and fair elections work in Pakistan, we may eventually try them here."
Andy Borowitz is a comedian and writer whose work appears in The New Yorker and The New York Times, and at his award-winning humor site, BorowitzReport.com.