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Deja Vu All Over Again on "Today"

Here we go again. Another husband named Peterson is under suspicion because his wife is missing. And NBC's "Today" show is all over the case. Just like all the media was when Scott Peterson became the prime suspect in the disappearance of his wife, Laci, before he was charged and convicted.

"Today" co-host Matt Lauer followed his "exclusive" interview Wednesday with Sgt. Drew Peterson about the disappearance of his wife, Stacy, and the mysterious death of an ex-wife, with interviews this morning with a profiler and a body language expert. They analyzed Peterson's strangely calm behavior in the interview, leaving the audience with an inescapable conclusion: Guilty.

Of course, he might not be.

It's a wonder we even have to have trials anymore when TV could save us the time and expense of relying on the judicial system.

Of course, "Today" also is guilty -- of exploiting another case involving the disappearance of a white woman. It's a sad, even bizarre case loaded with human interest angles. But "Today" is giving it much more TV attention than it deserves when so many more important things in the nation and the world are happening.

You might have noticed that the case didn't even get a line in today's Buffalo News.

What do you think of NBC's handling of the story?

-- Alan Pergament



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