I was in St. Louis for business when Rumsfeld resigned as Defense Secretary. Having been out boozing with colleagues the night before and hungover that morning, I was unaware of the whole situation. So I was shocked when I walked out of my hotel and was ambushed by some reporter asking me for my opinion. I mumbled something and walked away mainly because I hadn’t heard about it and frankly didn’t want to be bothered.
I am not an avid watcher of the local news but I might catch it if I am hanging out at the bar after work. Invariably some major issue comes up and the reporters seem compelled to ask the person on the street about it. The answers are usually only slightly more intelligible than mine and often not intelligible at all.
“What do you think of the plan to eliminate the Board of Revision of Taxes in Philadelphia?”
“Uh, I think taxes should be lower.”
“And there you have it, Philadelphians think this is a good idea for the city.”
So my question is why do you bother with this? What has that answer added to your news report? Is there some odd subset of individuals that looks at the opinion of the person on the street and says “Wow, I am glad they asked Paulie down at the Fishtown mini-mart his opinion because I never thought about whether taxes should be lower or not.”