For decades, the American media has operated under the delusion that asking random passers-by how they feel is a wise use of newsroom resources. Now the media's historical abuse of "the man on the street" has been taken to new heights by a Las Vegas TV station. (via Sebelius)
This tourist seems to present exactly the sort of thing that the TV station might have been looking for -- a unique and colorful yet representative reaction to the stunning news that Michael Jackson is still dead.
But instead of thanking the tourist for his frank and free opinion on this important topic, our strapping young broadcast journalist on the scene, thinking out of the box, as it were, opted for a more novel approach and assaulted the tourist physically.
To be fair, the reporter may have been frustrated because he was relegated to getting reactions to the Michael Jackson story from Las Vegas drunks when he would rather be reporting in, say, Iran or Iraq. After all, Iranians and Iraqis loved Michael too.
Still, 'tis a sad day for America when a man can't get totally shitfaced and act like an idiot in front of a camera in public without getting pushed around and slapped by a Las Vegas TV reporter.