Summer Press Tour, Day 16: An Explosive Interview

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By Lisa de Moraes
Wednesday, July 26, 2006

PASADENA, Calif., July 25 People who molest children should have chips embedded in the rectum that would explode if they violate their parole, "America's Most Wanted" star John Walsh told a photographer for Fox and father of two at Summer TV Press Tour 2006 as a couple dozen speechless TV critics looked on.

Bet all those other critics who'd bailed out early felt pretty silly missing what turned out to be the highlight of the now 16-day-old tour.

A minute or so later Walsh said he'd been kidding, though he had a "not really" look in his eyes. He said it was the second time he'd used the joke and no one laughed last time either.

Meanwhile, the freelance photographer, who'd been hired to take photos during Fox's two days of the tour, was relieved of his responsibilities for the rest of the day for monopolizing Walsh's onstage time with their interesting exchange about child-tracking technology, sex-offender-tracking technology -- "pervert alert," the photographer called it -- and a comparison of repeat molesters to rabid dogs that need to be put down.

Both Walsh and the photographer, who declined to give his name, said bracelets on sex offenders did not work. "Bracelets are [horseradish]," the photographer said to Walsh as stunned critics looked on. Walsh agreed, saying, "I love your attitude."

Walsh told the critics that when he was talking to senators about electronic monitoring of sex offenders, "I said implant it in their anus and if they go outside the radius, explode it, and that would send a big message."

Walsh said it was a joke, adding, "Nobody thought it was funny."

Continuing his riveting performance, he said his wife had suggested that when he went to Washington to stump for the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act, he ask all the congressmen who he thought were holding up the legislation named in honor of his son whether they were child molesters or if they had child porn on their computers.

"I said, 'Reve, I don't really use that tack walking through the halls.' But leave it to the mother of a murdered child to cut to the chase."

That would seem to include Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), who, Walsh said, had slowed things down by attaching to the bill "a huge hate-crimes piece of legislation that was very controversial." Kennedy eventually removed the hate-crime bits, Walsh said. The bill passed on Tuesday.

Walsh appeared at Summer TV Press Tour 2006 to promote the fact that on Saturday his popular series will be a taped broadcast of the White House signing on Thursday of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act, which will create a national sex-offender registry.

July 27 marks the 25th anniversary of the abduction and murder of Walsh's 6-year-old son. This September marks the start of the 20th season of Walsh's catch-a-perp series on the Fox network.


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