When Push Comes to Shove, Palminteri Gets the Job Done

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By edhat staff

KEYT reporter John Palminteri has gone viral in local channels for pushing a photobombing selfie taker out of his live camera shot on Tuesday.

Palminteri was reporting live from the downtown area when KEYT news anchors C.J. Ward and Beth Farnsworth sent the camera to Palminteri's view. For a few seconds, you can see a teenager attempting to take a "selfie" with the veteran newsman before he quickly, and promptly, pushes him out of the live camera shot before reading the news. 

Live newscasters have to put up with a lot. The weather, finding people to interviews, asking tough questions, staying composed, looking great, photobombers, selfie-takers, the ever-annoying person who waves in the background. It's a tough job but John Palminteri has been Santa Barbara's man on the street for years sending news we can trust. His nickname is Primetime for a reason.

Now he has reached immortal fame in the GIF world. Enjoy the viral fame Primetime! Here's hoping the likes of Jimmy Kimmel increase your viral status.

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a-1581893390 Feb 14, 2020 04:20 PM
When Push Comes to Shove, Palminteri Gets the Job Done

The best punishment would be to take his phone away for a week and only return it to his parents. Or, if in a really bad mood, toss it out onto State Street in the path of a vehicle. That'd fix his little wagon as they used to say.

yin yang Feb 15, 2020 01:27 AM
When Push Comes to Shove, Palminteri Gets the Job Done

Yeah, I find these multiple references to "child," "kid," and "his parents," as if he has zero autonomy, very strange! He doesn't look that young to me, and even if he were under 18, parents aren't fully responsible.

yin yang Feb 15, 2020 12:57 AM
When Push Comes to Shove, Palminteri Gets the Job Done

Many good points, but even more assumptions, therealbebe. Also, in general, I cannot see how there is any reasonable fear on a daylight SB street with witnesses, the public and a colleague filming! Fear would be your rapist coming for you or your family. Let's keep our priorities reasonable!

yin yang Feb 15, 2020 01:31 AM
When Push Comes to Shove, Palminteri Gets the Job Done

Bebe @ 4:26, why are you making up an entire timeline, complete with alternative actions and states of mind and full of "ifs" and "ors," to justify an event for which no one but the participants and a few direct witnesses have knowledge of?!

MountainMan4865 Feb 14, 2020 08:02 PM
When Push Comes to Shove, Palminteri Gets the Job Done

Nope, sorry.... referring to this person as a "child" and a "kid"... that looks like a full blown adult. My Son is 24... looks around the same age. At what age do you expect people to act with responsibility for their own actions - like interfering with a live news cast?

a-1581893390 Feb 14, 2020 07:21 PM
When Push Comes to Shove, Palminteri Gets the Job Done

You're assuming alot here. If you are in public view one can take pictures of you whether you like it or not - that's the law. There is no reasonable expectation of privacy in a public space. Doesn't look like the kid touched him. I don't see any evidence the minor blocked his way from movement or exit. The kid has every right to be taking pictures there just as keyt has every right to film. Was it rude to get in the shot - yes. That push was an assault though and I bet we'll be hearing more about this in the next few days.

GeneralTree Feb 14, 2020 07:23 PM
When Push Comes to Shove, Palminteri Gets the Job Done

Well, I think you might need to look at law. It's a first Amendment right to photograph in public - whether the other person wants to be on film or not. Otherwise, it wouldn't be legal for KEYT to film in public. The kid didn't touch palm or place his hands on him - or use menacing or threats. Escalating the situation to shoving was a simple assault.

therealbebe Feb 14, 2020 04:26 PM
When Push Comes to Shove, Palminteri Gets the Job Done

Not so fast. If JP had already told the kid to get out of his personal space/no you may not take my picture/etc and the child proceeded to do so OR the kid was somehow physically blocking JP from being in the space where he needed to be (because the shot was already set up), JP need only have experienced a reasonable fear or threat in order to move the child out of his personal space. JP could charge the kid with assault and claim self-defense. Study the law, General.

Minibeast Feb 14, 2020 03:02 PM
When Push Comes to Shove, Palminteri Gets the Job Done

That silly and extremely rude young man got exactly what he deserved and, without a doubt, wanted------ a bad reaction made in public by a public figure. Shame on that egotistical and narcissistic child. If his parents even think of suing, then they all are deserving of censure.

Ryan93105 Feb 14, 2020 02:36 PM
When Push Comes to Shove, Palminteri Gets the Job Done

Is this not city property? Wouldn't KEYT have to have a permit to secure a space of city property which would give them legal right to prevent anyone from entering the camera shot?

a-1581893390 Feb 15, 2020 12:51 AM
When Push Comes to Shove, Palminteri Gets the Job Done

So the legality of the action depends upon who the victim is? See, this is why law and justice is difficult! No situation can be met without more information than we get; nor with the jerk of a knee.

a-1581893390 Feb 15, 2020 12:47 AM
When Push Comes to Shove, Palminteri Gets the Job Done

I get your argument. I dislike it in this case, and I support it, because I'm anti-violence and pro-common sense. This incident can be defined, legally, as violence. Using ANY physical force is an error these days -- and for good reason. I've been concerned about violence against women for decades. If one takes those arguments and beliefs and applies them universally, as they should be, well, there you are. I'm concerned about justice. If one takes MLK's beliefs and techniques, and applies them here, well, ... We've Seen This! --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------JP should not have shoved him. He opened himself to legal threat, even though common sense supports him. America battles over Stand Your Ground issues right now. I can't be too concerned about a shove when people's lives are on the line every day and real injustice is rife. Here's the case I'm most concerned about right now, and you KNOW it's not the only one: -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------https://www.al.com/news/2020/02/brittany-smiths-trial-paused-as-she-appeals-self-defense-ruling.html ---------------------------------------------------------To be philosophically and morally concerned about one, I must be reasonable and consistent and think the same about the other. It's difficult.

Ryan93105 Feb 14, 2020 02:57 PM
When Push Comes to Shove, Palminteri Gets the Job Done

Thanks for your feels and opinions, but none of that is backed up with any facts. What happens if The Palm pushed some monster dude out of the way, and the monster dude then in turn cold cocked The Palm? The Palm would have struck first. Simple question, if you can't answer it I'll understand since I don't know the answer myself - Does KEYT have a legal right to prevent another citizen from accessing whatever area KEYT decides to shoot their news from?

a-1581893390 Feb 14, 2020 02:47 PM
When Push Comes to Shove, Palminteri Gets the Job Done

Give us all a break, Ryan, this is the local news, not a licensed vendor cart at Paseo Nuevo. The selfie punk overstepped his bounds and was shoved out of the way. He's lucky The Palm was nice & it wasn't some monster dude that cold-cocked him - lights out - there on the sidewalk. Easy

Eminence Threat Feb 14, 2020 03:29 PM
When Push Comes to Shove, Palminteri Gets the Job Done

Do you believe that owning a cell phone entitles you to unfounded opinions.? FACT: Cell phones do more than what you are capable of. FACT: Facts are uncomfortable when surprised by them.

a-1581893390 Feb 14, 2020 02:12 PM
When Push Comes to Shove, Palminteri Gets the Job Done

This is actually disturbing. The anger and hatred on Palminteri’s face and the violent way he pushed this kid who could have fallen and been seriously injured is nothing to congratulate him over. I had an encounter with Palminteri during the oil spill where he stormed a beach we were cleaning up and accused us of unlawfully closing the public beach. He was a big jerk about it trying to force a story when there was none. The beach was not closed. Since then not a fan. After this I can tell you. His dark side is DARK!

JoeG Feb 14, 2020 01:49 PM
When Push Comes to Shove, Palminteri Gets the Job Done

John Palminteri is an excellent television news professional. He's also a good, kind, and friendly person. This kid crossed the line, rudely interrupting him while he was trying to work. Good for you, John!

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