But Who Will Do Investigative Reporting Without Newspapers?

from the someone-will-find-a-way... dept

Pat was the first of a few of you to send in this amazing investigative report done by the folks at The Smoking Gun, outing a bunch of "griefers" who go by the name Pranknet and who have caused a tremendous amount of trouble and damage throughout the US with their phone-based pranks. The story is fascinating for a variety of reasons, and well worth reading, but it (once again) highlights the fact that detailed deep investigative reporting isn't something that only newspapers can do. The reporters from TSG went well-beyond your typical investigative report as well. Rather than just outing the "leader" of the group, they tracked down numerous accomplices (many of whom insisted they couldn't be found) and outed them all. Apparently police and the FBI had been trying to track down members of this group for a while, but some good old investigative reporting -- from a website -- beat them to it.
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    Alan Gerow (profile), 12 Aug 2009 @ 12:56pm

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    I disagree. I see no humor in it. I found prank phone calls mildly amusing when I was 11, but I don't find them particularly funny now that I've grown-up and am having sex on a regular basis. Perhaps there's a direct correlation there.

    I mean the top members of Pranknet all live at home with their moms, or they're almost twice as old as the ones that live at home with their moms ... I doubt any of them have touched a breast, let alone found a woman to allow them to put their penis anywhere near them.

    You'd figure with that large of a group of Mama's Boys, they'd be a little more sensitive to embarrassing women in public.

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