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'Inside Edition' Tried It With New York City Subway Fare Dodgers, With Expected Results

By Mieka Strawhorn | Social Media | February 13, 2019 |

By Mieka Strawhorn | Social Media | February 13, 2019 |


I’m not a New Yorker but I know enough to not fuck with New Yorkers, especially when they are trying to get somewhere. You don’t stand in the middle of the sidewalk to tie your shoe, you don’t stop at the bottom of an escalator to check your map, and you sure as hell don’t bring a camera crew to the subway station at Times Square and try to “gotcha” people who jump the turnstile. Or duck under the turnstile. Or come in through the emergency exit. Or hold the emergency exit open for a parade of shameless teenagers. I mean it’s a free country, of course you can do that if you want, but it’s not going to go well for you. The newsmagazine/show that’s sometimes on at the gym, Inside Edition, tried it though. And well, I stand by what I said before.

In a Poolitzer Prize worthy piece of investigative journalism, IE sent “Chief Investigative Correspondent” Lisa Guerrero into the bowels of the New York subway system to interview the Bleecker Street Rat King only to find he’d been consumed by that mysterious black blob. With nothing better to do, I guess she and her crew decided instead to aggressively confront fare dodgers at Times Square for an exposé on how poor people and kids are bleeding the MTA dry (and not say, gross mismanagement by Governor Cuomo, as Cynthia Nixon implied during her campaign). The results were infuriating, and frankly, hilarious.

As you can imagine, as popular as having a microphone shoved in your face by the 4th Charlie’s Angel while you’re trying to get to work in the morning is, it’s still not as popular as letting said Angel and her whole damn operation have it on Twitter. As Lisa’s journalistic peer Maury Povich might say, “Inside Edition, the DNA results are in…You ARE an asshole!”

Umm, I already answered that. It’s a Poolitzer.

In addition to praise for the New Yorkers who weren’t having any of that bullshit, a few journalists who don’t work for IE offered some much-needed perspective.

I understand why IE thought this would make a good story. As a Virgo, I’m very rule-oriented and watching people break the law and get caught often fills me with a feeling of wholeness. As a Californian, I count any day I watch a carpool lane cheater get pulled over as a public holiday and head straight to Party City for streamers and balloons. But I ain’t no snitch. You won’t ever catch me calling the cops (or IE) on some petty shit like this.

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Mieka is a staff contributor. You can follow her on Twitter.

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