Geraldo Rivera made his name with a NYC TV report on Willowbrook:
In 2007, a Fort Worth station reports on "To Catch a Predator" (see Graber, p. 153).
- The pre-problem stage. Some undesirable social condition exists but has not yet caught much public attention.
- Alarmed discovery and euphoric enthusiasm. As a result of dramatic events or for other reasons, the public suddenly becomes both aware of and alarmed about a particular problem. There is euphoric enthusiasm about society's ability to "solve this problem."
- Realizing the cost of significant progress. The third stage consists of a gradually spreading realization that the cost of "solving" the problem is very high.
- Gradual decline of intense public interest. The previous stage shades into the fourth stage: a gradual drop in the intensity of public interest.
- The post-problem stage. The public moves on, but new institutions, programs, and policies may be in place.