Today Show exposes craigslist, Backpage gets another pass


Exposes is kind of a strong word. It’s more like they explained the obvious to the rest of America. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

Please watch the following video from the Today Show on NBC as reporter Jeff Rossen shows that craigslist’s claims of cleaning up its site of prostitution is a sham.

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What I found most interesting is how some of the women say that they’ve never had a problem getting their prostitution ads on craigslist.

As usual craigslist did not respond to this report except to point to Jim Buckmaster’s blog which in my opinion is nothing more than the ramblings of a man so greedy he’s convinced himself of his own lies.

This report does one good thing. It brings craigslist’s facilitation of prostitution and human trafficking to the attention of mainstream America and not just the tech elite. However the report did have some misses.

The first is that they gave camera time to Conn. Attorney General Richard Blumenthal. In my opinion Mr. Blumenthal cares more about his own political aspirations then the women and children being exploited on craigslist.

The second is once again the Village Voice Media owned Backpage gets yet another pass.  According to the Village Voice Media website their CEO is a guy by the name of Jim Larkin. As far as I’m concerned his name should be spoken in the same breath as Jim Buckmaster when it comes to CEOs who are aiding in the facilitation of prostitution and human trafficking.

It’s no secret that I’m not a fan of craigslist and Jim Buckmaster however I’m also not a fan of double standards and I will work just as hard to see that the media spotlight is shone on Backpage just as brightly as craigslist.

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