Fox Undercover Jon Wells Lies Distortion Fear

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Nelson Mandela

Wethersfield, CT

#1 Nov 12, 2009
It is November sweeps week and Fox Undercover will run their usual round of sexual predator stories, grabbing audiences, especially young fearful parents and helping them to truly feel that they should live in constant fear of having their children abused. 90% of abuse happens by those who know children by the way.

The man behind the scenes is Jonathan Wells, who is no family man himself. Estranged from his children and divorced from his wife, Mr. Wells pours through footage of children on playgrounds, in schools and on campuses late at night in his Fox studio (doing who knows what) making sure that he picks the most innocent picture of YOUR child to really get the sensationism out there. They block out the faces but he still has the footage of your child.(Shudder)

He sometimes takes credit for catching predators, when he actually just reports on catches made by others. In other cases, he runs stories on people who may or may not have actually done what they are accused of, but who typically did the best they could in court and try to pick up the pieces of their lives. The worst thing that you can do to someone like that is to throw them into an expose as you further damage their connections with family and community, isolating them into psychologically detached situations where problems are more likely to occur. Take for example NBCs to Catch A Predator, which finally went too far when a director pushed the police to invade a mans home who may have just been trying to trap online predators themselves. The man killed himself and had never ever been ultimately found to have harmed a single child. Its a fascinating story and a terrifying example of how toxic media greed can become. Check out the Esquire article on this:

http://www.esquire.com/features/predator0907

What NBC did not publicize is the fact that rulings were overturned because police did not actually follow legal process. They just stormed the people who NBC pointed to as they came out of the house. That show failed on every front except to attract viewers.

The front man for Fox 25 Undercover is Mike Beaudet, a hick from W. Mass who may have overcome a speech impediment but relied on being very tall and bold and now is the face of Fox Undercover, but Jon Wells is the brains behind the operation and Mr. Wells has no history whatsoever of having taken care of children well. Why would this divorced failed father be so interested in predators? Whats that expression: It takes one....

I am involved with a group of concerned parents who are done with television exposes on predators, especially these particularly transparent ones by Fox Undercover, and have made a decision to stop watching them AND to do everything that we can to boycott their sponsors. We love some of the Fox shows so we'll watch those. We aren't out to hurt Fox or anyone else. We believe that information about good parenting and educating our children to protect them is the right measure. We certainly abhor any action of violence against a child - that goes without even saying. We do not need to see someone who might (or might not) have made a mistake, dragged through the news again and again, just so that Fox can bump their Neilsen ratings and reel in terrified young parents. Knowing about one person (unless that person is truly an uncaught chain predator), will not really help widespread problems in our society.

Also, as a side note, Fox is often critized for being biased towards the right. Parents may argue that but should be more concerned about Fox's willingness to continually lie, twist and distort the news. http://www.outfoxed.org/ This network is not a source of truth. They are entertainment, and that entertainment needs to stop happening at the expense of individuals who might have made a mistake, at families, friends, communities and the children themselves that Fox Undercover feigns protecting.
Meagan J

Newton Center, MA

#2 Nov 18, 2009
I love American Idol and some other Fox shows.

Never watch their news crap especially this stuff. Its all hype and sensationalism and witch hunts and in their interviews they ask those questions with no answer like, do you still beat up your wife just to make people uncomfortable.

That interview with Laurie Myes made her look very stupid. She said something like, he committed a crime and that tells me that he will do it again. They should hire her to read minds. I cant believe she associates with Fox and I thought she had something to offer until I saw her say something that stupid. Now I lost all respect for her.

If I ever see their cameras around my kids, I'll call the cops on them no matter what. Even if it is legal, this scum can make their stories somewhere else, not in my town.

Its all about money anyway and not reality.
Wheres Hank

Watertown, MA

#3 Nov 22, 2009
Fox Undercover gives news a bad name and isnt journalism at all. In fact it is a sort of vigilante reality TV that chases down convicted offenders (mostly during sweeps week unless police happen to arrest someone on their own, and then they cover it like it was their work that uncovered the offense) who mostly are complying with court requirements and then asks them if they think they should be doing this or that. U call that hard hitting reporting? Hard hitting maybe, but ask anyone a question that they can't answer and they'll either run away, turn away or try to speak and put their foot in their mouth. Jump out of a van and ask Jon Wells if he thinks he should be investigating child safety when he blew his own chance at fatherhood and see how eloquent his replies are. It doesnt take much to be a father Mr. Wells, just a hard on and a couple of minutes. Fox undercover is a magnet for angry informants who want to get back at someone, and they just throw someone on TV trying to lead a productive life finally and ask them impossible questions and make them loose their jobs because of course if your local contractor gets blasted on TV you are going to fire him. Duh. Then they take credit for the person loosing his job. Well, geez, I could interview Mike Beaudet and ask him if he has stopped beating his wife on TV and he could lose his job.

This kind of revenge TV actually works against the legal process because it takes the burden of proof off cops and the burden of good decisions off judges. Fox undercover will NEVER EVER get laws improved or changed. They will never ever get anyone to do anything but just fire someone who is on one of their reports, even if that person is doing exactly what the court told them they could do.

Where is Hank when you need her. How about doing a report on Fox undercover, Hank? Why dont you expose them for what they really are. Sensational TV, posing as "NEWS" and giving news a bad name.

I am a parent and I wont watch this junk any more either and I will be sure to never use Scotttrade, ARA Lifestyle or Slim 3x who advertises on your website. Fox can be biased towards the right, I dont care. I love some of their shows but Fox Undercover needs to go.

Wheres Hank!
jordan sparks

Watertown, MA

#4 Nov 22, 2009
I never thought about it but your right they just pick on people who obeyed the court, sheesh. And i like how they put something at the end that makes it sounds more like they are uncovering a widespread problem like Offenders slipping through the cracks....stop bashing Mass.....if you dont like it here then go live somewhere else.
why Laurie

Cambridge, MA

#5 Oct 7, 2010
Meagan J wrote:
That interview with Laurie Myes made her look very stupid. She said something like, he committed a crime and that tells me that he will do it again. They should hire her to read minds. I cant believe she associates with Fox and I thought she had something to offer until I saw her say something that stupid. Now I lost all respect for her.
As have I now.

Laurie Meyer is the leader of community voices and their cause is very important. Which is why I am beyond understanding as to why Laurie has twice now leant her voice to Fox 25 Undercover for their sleazy, distorted, sensationalistic spots which do more harm than good and almost always seem to withhold the other side of the story (but they show off that they got someone fired and so they must be right). What are you thinking Laurie? Seriously, are you sleeping with Beaudet or something? And why did you make a statement for them which is simply scientifically untrue that "the reason why he kidnapped and raped her child was alcohol". How can you maintain your position and say this?! You know that alcohol is often a CONTRIBUTING FACTOR to lower inhibitions to cause people to cross the line but drunk people don't kidnap and rape because they are drunk and that's THE reason! If it were, we could simply keep these people off alcohol and the problem would be solved. You also should know that there are complex factors that affect ones propensity towards these crimes and most of the true reasons the victims wont acually know, only the psychologists who examine the offender will know. You know this (or you should) Laurie and yet you made an irresponsible statement again (this is twice now) for Mike Beaudet. I don't get it but I'm concerned that Community Voices is going to become nothing but an avenue for revenge rather than for true advocacy that is productive. Seriously, Laurie if you have to keep giving Mike Beaudet sound bites please make statements that you can substantiate as being accurate. Advocating for the victim does not mean that you can predict the cause of the crime and the possibility of reoffense. You have seriously made a very poor choice of public appearance as a representative of Community Voices. I am so disappointed.
public school teacher

Newton Center, MA

#6 Oct 26, 2011
I would like to respond to Mr. Beaudet's story on supposed lax security in the Boston Public Schools. Schools have always been places where people could just walk right in as schools have always been considered to be an extension of the community (and in some cases they were the center of the community). It is only in the past decade or so where mass hysteria has led schools to create fences such as school ID programs and metal detectors. The Boston Public Schools did not have a major fallout after this years old Fox story but has simply had to evolve with the times. In fact, the number of incidents where children were harmed because of random outsiders walking into schools in the US is extremely small. Incidents such as Columbine, and the devastating case at Lincoln Sudbudy where a teen was killed by another teen all sadly involved members of those school communities and not outsiders.

There is nothing more important to teachers and administrators than the safety and well being of the children but the reality is that the most important safeguard against entry by people who do not belong is, and will always be, the school community. Random people don't walk into schools or get very far because someone generally notices when an outsider is there. We can build fences around our schools and barb wire our children in but they will still walk out someday and have to live in a world where good safety skills are the best defense. Creating stories which tend to prey on panic and fear (especially with respect to new parents, immigrant parents, or those who do not understand cultural nuances of US media well) to me reeks of nothing more than commercialization of child safety.

In fact, I think that I speak on behalf of many teachers when I say that one of the most concerning trespassers in the Boston Public Schools is sensational news reporters such as Mike Beaudet who insist on showing how many results they can get, even if those results may not be the will of the community or may best be acheived not in the context of a sweeps week expose.

And given the uncovering of mistrust to be chalked up to Rupert Murdoch's media empire, I think that parents should elevate their concerns about Fox 25 Undercover sneaking into their schools with hidden cameras.
Got Six Cop Friends

Revere, MA

#7 Oct 27, 2011
I dont give a crap who if this guy works for fox or the pope. Any reporter sneaking onto school grounds during regular school hours is tresspassing. I could care less if his girlfriend wants to lie for him, this reporter is breaking the law (apparently not a big faux pas for News Corp).

Teachers should call the local police or 911 and treat as they would any other school intruder.

That old lax security bit was produced by Jon Wells. Anyone know why he's not listed on this follow up????

Sick of this prick and sick of fox.
scratching my head

Cambridge, MA

#8 Nov 19, 2011
this last one bothered me I'll tell you why....you have a L3 SO working in an apartment complex which maybe shouldnt happen though he doesnt seem to have done anything. someone doesnt tell the residents about it but tells fox instead. fox doesnt tell the residents about it but runs a story on it how many months later who knows? so somoene wasn't out to protect the residents at all in fact i think it was insensitive to the residents and if something bad happened while everyone was working on their secret sweeps week story....well fox or their informant apparently didnt care about enough the residents to let them know....

...second thing: the allegation that the owner let him work there because he is also allegedly dealing with his own legal problems is either wild speculation ORRR there is a police informat behind all of this. makes me wonder if police are trying to prejudice the case against the owner....just sayin'

meanwhile, the staties seem to have silenced Mike Beaudet about their little pole waxing allegations at the spa. As usual MSP strong arm the media and I'll just bet that they will find "no legal basis to charge any of the officers which a crime". just watch.
End Murdoch Shame

Boston, MA

#9 May 1, 2012
Sad to see the passing of Mike Wallace. If Iím not mistaken most of the foxundercover stories were produced by Jonathan Wells (according to Facebook Fox let him go in 2010) who claims to have done some producing for Wallace at 60 minutes (canít find Wells name on any of the old stories). I guess Jon Wells left 60 Minutes in 1999 to write for the Boston Herald (not exactly a promotion!), where he was eventually sued. I suppose Fox 25 must have known why he left CBS before they hired him, even though he was also sued at WFXT.
Ban Fox

United States

#11 May 4, 2012
End Murdoch Shame wrote:
Sad to see the passing of Mike Wallace. If Iím not mistaken most of the foxundercover stories were produced by Jonathan Wells (according to Facebook Fox let him go in 2010) who claims to have done some producing for Wallace at 60 minutes (canít find Wells name on any of the old stories). I guess Jon Wells left 60 Minutes in 1999 to write for the Boston Herald (not exactly a promotion!), where he was eventually sued. I suppose Fox 25 must have known why he left CBS before they hired him, even though he was also sued at WFXT.
Found the link sorry it was linked in you can see that he's with ch4 now. Looking for other possible lawsuits involving Jonathan Wells at foxundercover http://tinyurl.com/7q92u9j
Proud to be an American

Worcester, MA

#12 Nov 3, 2012
Sweeps week is coming up. I think that some of the towns are gearing up for it this year. View Fox Undercover (and all of Fox 25 news for that matter) with a very skpetical and critical eye. Don't just fall for it, even if it looks good. People have proof of false information being reported in the past.

http://foxundercover.wordpress.com/
Republican Voices Maybe

Somerville, MA

#13 Dec 12, 2012
why Laurie wrote:
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As have I now.
Laurie Meyer is the leader of community voices and their cause is very important. Which is why I am beyond understanding as to why Laurie has twice now leant her voice to Fox 25 Undercover for their sleazy, distorted, sensationalistic spots which do more harm than good and almost always seem to withhold the other side of the story (but they show off that they got someone fired and so they must be right). What are you thinking Laurie? Seriously, are you sleeping with Beaudet or something? And why did you make a statement for them which is simply scientifically untrue that "the reason why he kidnapped and raped her child was alcohol". How can you maintain your position and say this?! You know that alcohol is often a CONTRIBUTING FACTOR to lower inhibitions to cause people to cross the line but drunk people don't kidnap and rape because they are drunk and that's THE reason! If it were, we could simply keep these people off alcohol and the problem would be solved. You also should know that there are complex factors that affect ones propensity towards these crimes and most of the true reasons the victims wont acually know, only the psychologists who examine the offender will know. You know this (or you should) Laurie and yet you made an irresponsible statement again (this is twice now) for Mike Beaudet. I don't get it but I'm concerned that Community Voices is going to become nothing but an avenue for revenge rather than for true advocacy that is productive. Seriously, Laurie if you have to keep giving Mike Beaudet sound bites please make statements that you can substantiate as being accurate. Advocating for the victim does not mean that you can predict the cause of the crime and the possibility of reoffense. You have seriously made a very poor choice of public appearance as a representative of Community Voices. I am so disappointed.
First of all, Laurie Meyers is an exceptional human being, a voracious advocate for victims and a valuable person in Greater Boston. She did some campaigning for Scott Brown, which I guess was fine though why label yourself in a partisan way? But she has a right, ok. But continuing this ongoing thing with Mike Beaudet and Fox Undercover? I don't get that. This reporter has created risky situations in towns. He has asked people to substitute common sense for a media circus, and some sweeps week ratings. I also saw her make that false statement. And I don't get it. I just don't get it.
Hockey Dad

Cambridge, MA

#14 Feb 16, 2013
Humans are humans, dont think shes so exceptional based on what I see her doing on Fox. You cant truly be protecting victims and endorse a reporter who brought porno material to a friggin school and who talked parents into keeping offenders a secret until they got to do sweeps week. Myers stands for a good cause, but isn't thinking through who she campaigns for. And if she made unsupportable statements on TV, she needs to admit it and resign.

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