shock-value entertainment as art
update: In reference to a comment by Alex, I checked snopes.com and it appears that the baby eating artist is nothing more than a hoax.
The man in the photo is Chinese artist Zhu Yu, who performed a conceptual piece called "Eating People" at a Shanghai arts festival in 2000. The controversial photo has since been part of a number of art exhibits. As for the "baby," it was most likely constructed by placing a doll's head on a duck's carcass.
However, my feelings on shock-value entertainment still stand. That the baby was not real does not make the fact that a television station felt the need to broadcast this hoax (and apparently present it as the real thing) any less disgusting.