Friday, January 5, 2007

Hard hitting news

Why is the following the headline on

Reality star, wounded activist trade words

Yes, that is Erik Estrada (aka John Poncharello from CHIPS). He is in Muncie filming a CBS reality show Armed and Famous where he and lesser celebrities like Latoya Jackson, Jack Osborne, WeeMan and some WWE wrestler woman that I have never heard of (and even if I had, I wouldn't admit it) are acting as reserve officers on the Muncie Police Department. Apparently, Randall Sims (pictured) whom the author of the article charitably called an "activist" and Estrada traded words after a domestic altercation.
Apparently, this article was first written for the Muncie Star Press, but the Indianapolis Star website picked it up and made the story its headline.

Now, I do suppose this is news. The Star has certainly done its best to track the exploits of the reality show participants as there have been numerous articles on about the filming. On the other hand, there is a lot more important news to be featured at the top of the Star website than countless articles about a group of has beens and never will bes.

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Blogger Timmy said...

50 bucks says this show is cancelled early on.....wanna bet?

January 05, 2007  
Blogger Nölff said...

Reality TV should fade away soon,

January 05, 2007  
Blogger Butchieboy said...

What is so real about a bunch of actors acting like cops?

January 05, 2007  
Anonymous kevin said...

This will be one of the worst reality TV shows ever. It will only reinforce the backwater image this state already has. Did you see the preview where Erik Estrada stops that toothless hilljack granny and she tells him how good looking he is?

I agree about The Star's coverage. They have wasted a lot of newsprint on nothing. Like the time they had a story with an accompanying photo (and I'm seriously not making this up) of some Carmel school principal at a pep rally, jumping up and doing a toe touch because he promised the students he would.


January 05, 2007  
Blogger torporindy said...

Well, a pit bull dog fighting story in Hamilton County has forced Estrada off of the front page.

To steal from Jon Stewart:

Anything happening in Hamilton County > Erik Estrada in Muncie.

Although, dogfighting anywhere is a serious story worthy of coverage.

Timmy, I am sure this show is for just a set number of episodes.

Nolff, I am not so sure. Reality shows are cheaper than writers.

butchie, I think "actor" is a bit of a stretch for Latoya Jackson. Happy birthday, btw.

Kevin, one of the agreements that the city made the producers of the show agree to was that they would not make fun of Muncie. We'll see. Also, see above for what I said about Hamilton county.

January 05, 2007  
Blogger kpaul said...

One of the (many) reasons I started Muncie Free Press.

K. Paul Mallasch - Publisher

January 05, 2007  
Blogger lemming said...

Isn't the reality show binge over yet?

OK, OK, I confess to being a regular viewer of COPS - but they're the professionals, so that makes it OK, right?

January 05, 2007  
Blogger Smartypants said...

Don't act like you don't already have this programmed into your DVR.

January 05, 2007  
Blogger Vengelyne said...

Well, at least there are still tabloids that write about forgotten reality stars... Good to be remembered in a way?

January 07, 2007  
Anonymous lawgeekgurl said...

As a BSU alum, I have to say that Erik Estrada and Jack Osborn cannot possibly be worse cops than those already in Muncie. I'm just saying.

January 09, 2007  

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