If you see Chris Hansen, it’s trouble

If you see Chris Hansen, it's trouble 1Chris Hansen of NBC News has supplanted Mike Wallace as the TV journalist you’d least like to see emerge from behind a closed door.

For dozens of men cornered on the “Dateline NBC” series “To Catch a Predator,” the sight of Hansen dashes their warped dreams of sex with a child they’d “met” over the Internet. They’d be arrested and shamed on national television.

Some of the same subterfuge – minus the shame – was applied in Hansen’s effort to trace online identity thieves. His second of two prime-time hours on the topic airs 8 p.m. EDT Tuesday on NBC.

“To Catch a Predator” has established Hansen’s professional identity. Through 10 installments over 2 1/2 years, the series is such a part of the culture that online parodies abound. His teenage sons love the one that shows a man with a microphone trailing kids around the house saying, “I’m Chris Hansen.” “Dad, I know,” is the exasperated reply.

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