Some elements of the news media are in a dither over a Las Vegas company that claims to sell high-priced hunts in which so-called sportsmen stalk well-paid, well-endowed women as trophy “kills,” the Seattle Post-Intelligencer says.
Columnist Susan Paynter reports that competitors of KLAS-TV in Las Vegas, the station that first reported the “Hunting for Bambi” scheme, have cried scam, saying KLAS and its followers on Fox, MSNBC and CBS were suckered by a con to sell lurid mock hunts on video tape.
While the makers of the videos admitted that, at first, they were staged, interest in real hunts spiked so fast the hunts are now real and they have the bills to prove it. Women’s rights groups, including the Nevada Coalition Against Sexual Violence and NOW, condemned both real hunts and the bogus tapes as dangerous exploitation.
Paintball makers and paintball players are outraged, howling that Bambi hunts paint their sport in a bad light. Gun rights advocates object that no self-respecting gun owner would lower his sights to such a sicko sport.
Under pressure from protesters, Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman is calling for an investigation. KLAS-TV news director Robert Stoldal told Paynter that his station is beating the bushes for real life customers of the hunts.