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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midair Feb 15, 2020 01:44 PM
When Push Comes to Shove, Palminteri Gets the Job Done

Pushing to the ground also gets you jail time. But I'll say it again, there is no god given right that we must all bow down to a TV reporter on a PUBLIC street. Lots of "highly regarded" personalities have proven to be not so deserving. And if you're gonna sport a 70's porn star mustache then be prepared for discussion.

a-1581951707 Feb 15, 2020 12:53 PM
When Push Comes to Shove, Palminteri Gets the Job Done

Midair: Do not discount the fact that The Palm, mustache and all, are highly regarded in the community at-large, and also within the ranks of professional news reporters nation wide. He is his own man, a maverick, a rebel, and yes, in these parts, a living legend. Make fun of him at your own peril, but one thing you need to understand is: respect gets respect; disrespect gets you pushed to the ground (and rightfully so). Here's to The Palm! [Please reply out loud: TO THE PALM!!!]

midair Feb 15, 2020 12:14 PM
When Push Comes to Shove, Palminteri Gets the Job Done

Security form what. Senior reporter is in public, on a public street. There s no god give right that we all have to bow down to TV reporters no matter how bad a moustache they are sporting.

a-1581951707 Feb 15, 2020 11:41 AM
When Push Comes to Shove, Palminteri Gets the Job Done

@10:26: I totally agree with you that the kid deserved to be quickly, but gently brushed aside and out of a great angle shot of The Palm. This kid was attempting to deprive us of on-air time with The Palminator, which was a huge mistake. I hope this young man apologizes to Mr. JP, and maybe The Palm will hire him as an intern to perform security on future news-reporting gigs.....wouldn't that be a great story. The kid would go from goonball loser to hero in nothing flat!

a-1581951707 Feb 15, 2020 10:26 AM
When Push Comes to Shove, Palminteri Gets the Job Done

If you lose you temper and shove someone and they hit their head it’s a bit different from grabbing an inanimate object and getting hurt. Follow that logic? The lesson the high schooler learned is clear. I wonder if JP will end up being forced to learn anything?

Chris R Feb 15, 2020 09:59 AM
When Push Comes to Shove, Palminteri Gets the Job Done

Nothing happened. A kid took a selfie and got shoved out of the way. All this talk of assault is silly. Was the kid injured? No. Was JP hurt? No. These things happen in life and most of us move on without getting worked up.

jqb Feb 16, 2020 03:43 PM
When Push Comes to Shove, Palminteri Gets the Job Done

All this talk of assault is the law. You don't even need to touch someone to assault them ... a mere attempt counts. Actually pushing people is battery. These are facts. That most such violations of the law don't get prosecuted is another matter. Complaints about getting "worked up" are hypocritical.

a-1581951707 Feb 15, 2020 11:05 AM
When Push Comes to Shove, Palminteri Gets the Job Done

Sort of different when you see an adult local celebrity getting physical with a high school kid on video. People shove each other all the time without realizing it’s actually against the law to do so. I think that’s the issue. It’s normalized behavior that most don’t call the police over even though they legally have reason to. So half the folks commenting see nothing wrong an the others see it from the factual legal perspective. Basically everyone is right!

hz Feb 15, 2020 09:48 AM
When Push Comes to Shove, Palminteri Gets the Job Done

that looks like a very hard shove! JP is a local celebrety and will thus be having to deal with people aking selfies with him. I bet there are 100's of such photos taken. Looks like KEYT needs to up the anti and provide a security guard every time JP goes out and about..for his protection and also to protect peole who might think he is a nice, friendly reporter who has posed for many selfie shots. what if the high school student had fallen and hit his head on concrete. This is not OK... guess jp was stressed...but...that was a VIOLENT shove...not cool.... I will make sure I stay very far away from JP...I never have really cottoned on to him anyway. Perhaps it is time for him to retire...

a-1581951707 Feb 15, 2020 09:07 AM
When Push Comes to Shove, Palminteri Gets the Job Done

Shoving a shameless personal space invading kid.......assault? Ha Ha Ha Ha Kids need a swift reaction to their disrespecting of others personal space with their cameras on. Good job Palminterie!!!

a-1581951707 Feb 15, 2020 11:31 AM
When Push Comes to Shove, Palminteri Gets the Job Done

Time to be schooled in Legit Legal info? In California that shove could be considered battery. Under California Penal Code Section 242: battery is defined as "any willful and unlawful use of force or violence upon the person of another." It is important to note that an individual may be charged with battery even if there is no injury. A simple "unwanted or offensive touching of another" is a sufficient degree of behavior upon which a prosecutor can base a charge of battery under the law.

a-1581951707 Feb 15, 2020 09:15 AM
When Push Comes to Shove, Palminteri Gets the Job Done

Time to be schooled with legit legal info: “ Although assault laws vary from state to state, in most cases if you intentionally (rather than accidentally) shoved the victim, you can be convicted of assault, whether you intended to injure the victim or not. In other words, it’s the intent to shove, regardless of the intent to cause the resulting injury, that justifies a charge of assault.” And YES thousands of people get arrested for shoving someone. Facts matter.

Eminence Threat Feb 15, 2020 07:03 AM
When Push Comes to Shove, Palminteri Gets the Job Done

Be old washed up on air guy... Get crowded out by some modern kid with some sort of high tech gadget... Respond with the frustration of an obsolete product confronted with its replacement...

a-1581951707 Feb 15, 2020 06:47 AM
When Push Comes to Shove, Palminteri Gets the Job Done

What happened to respect for personal space. How close is a stranger entitled to get to you? Except in lines, or at spectator events, isn't 2 feet between persons the commonly accepted Western societal rule without mutual consent? (1 foot in Eastern Culture: China, India)

ChillinGrillin Feb 15, 2020 01:56 AM
When Push Comes to Shove, Palminteri Gets the Job Done

According to Spanish custom they should duel in front of City Hall. It's the only way for them to avenge their honor and would actually make more sense than civil litigation

a-1581951707 Feb 15, 2020 12:28 AM
When Push Comes to Shove, Palminteri Gets the Job Done

"Live newscasters have to put up with a lot." Yes, they do. Like being sexually harassed and assaulted. Sometimes they are murdered, on camera. People are too often terrible, and too often beyond the pale. Sigh. Considering what could be, we're okay. Same as it ever was.

yin yang Feb 15, 2020 01:18 AM
When Push Comes to Shove, Palminteri Gets the Job Done

No, not at all! On-air abuse is a fact of life -- newscasters who do so better be prepared, to the point of practicing. I'm surprisingly upset by this. JP made a mistake. What happened to him is nothing compared to the disasters and tragedies that befall so many of us every day. It's so hard to express one's self online. I was poorly doing the opposite of equating a selfie with assault and murder. I hope you can now grasp some of my argument better. Peace out. ;-)

a-1581951707 Feb 14, 2020 10:55 PM
When Push Comes to Shove, Palminteri Gets the Job Done

Bad combo here... really cocky kid messing with JP when he’s REALLY crabby and stressed about to go live any second....just doesn’t work out well. Both look like they were not at their best.

yin yang Feb 15, 2020 05:06 AM
When Push Comes to Shove, Palminteri Gets the Job Done

Of course not. ;-) I lost it a few times in five to six years in a customer service job, I lost my cool and got snippy. I think I got one written complaint from a customer. Had to be bad to get that. It was an issue on my annual reviews every year, there was training, a plan, future evaluation. All the stuff that should be done for any employee who pops off -- like Palminteri did. I did have some issues; I did take some leave one year due to a family member's illness and surgery. If something like that plays a part in his stress level, JP should do the same. Yes, I know how lucky I was to have such a good job that I had med insurance. But access to leave? That was through lawful family leave. Just state? State and federal? I don't remember and thank goodness I no longer need to even know. Talk to HR if you have any or search family or personal medical leave california. Just like we need to be informed medical consumers to not be ripped off, the same goes for government benefits that WE'VE PAID INTO.

NamasteYogi Feb 15, 2020 06:40 AM
When Push Comes to Shove, Palminteri Gets the Job Done

Great point, you’re so right! The discriminatory behavior of most people in this town, of course in the name of equality, would have people ip in arms if it was hispanic, homeless or a even a real estate agent. But John probably would of posed if it was a real estate agent or a nice tall Swedish woman.

Minibeast Feb 14, 2020 06:43 PM
When Push Comes to Shove, Palminteri Gets the Job Done

Please, everyone: look at the video. The young guy is grinning ear to ear as he's being pushed out of the way. This was all some big joke to him. I hope KEYT is judicious and understands that JP did nothing wrong whatsoever.

a-1581951707 Feb 15, 2020 09:27 AM
When Push Comes to Shove, Palminteri Gets the Job Done

LOL! JP lost his temper over an obnoxious teenager and decided to put both his hands on him and physically and forcefully push him. Unfortunately for JP that act is legally defined as assault. And it’s on tape. Not looking good for the Palm. I showed my attorney uncle the video and he said if he weren’t retired he would take the case against JP and that he knows of dozens of similar “pushing/shoving” cases won with much less aggressive shoving taking place.

a-1581951707 Feb 14, 2020 11:29 PM
When Push Comes to Shove, Palminteri Gets the Job Done

ANYTIME you put your hands on someone in that manner you open yourself up to criminal charges. JP is apparently a local celebrity and the person rude or not, was trying to get a selfie with him. A simple “get the hell out of here” would have been enough. The temper loss and the shoving is beyond what the person with the phone was doing.

a-1581951707 Feb 14, 2020 06:21 PM
When Push Comes to Shove, Palminteri Gets the Job Done

I’m generally not in favor of “stand your ground” laws, but I would be in this case. Palminteri should have the right to stand his ground in a situation like this.

a-1581951707 Feb 14, 2020 05:40 PM
When Push Comes to Shove, Palminteri Gets the Job Done

I think The Palm had every legal right in the world to shove that kid away. If someone throws a fake punch at you, and your reaction is to throw a real punch, well, what's that called? Defending yourself is what it's called. Not your fault if the fake puncher gets his teeth bashed in and/or clocked on the side of the head with a roundhouse kick. Like the idiots who point a toy gun at a cop or CCW holder....see ya, wouldn't want to be ya! If it does go to court, I'd like to be on the jury to defend The Palm's honor....and the honor of all true Santa BARBARIANS.

jqb Feb 15, 2020 12:24 PM
When Push Comes to Shove, Palminteri Gets the Job Done

"I think The Palm had every legal right in the world to shove that kid away. " -- Sad for you, because it's a fact that he doesn't. If you had said "moral" rather than "legal", you would have a point. "Not your fault if the fake puncher gets his teeth bashed in and/or clocked on the side of the head with a roundhouse kick." -- you seem remarkably uninformed. Don't you even watch TV, where both parties in a fight routinely get hauled before a judge? "If it does go to court, I'd like to be on the jury to defend The Palm's honor" -- then you too would be breaking the law, and your oath (hmm, sounds familiar).

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