“Joe the Plumber” off the deep end in Gaza…

January 12, 2009

I just read this article on CNN. Apparently, the now-famous “Joe the Plumber” of the 2008 Presidential election cycle is complaining (perhaps kvetching is more appropriate given his current location) about the media. He has been quoted as saying, “I think the media should have no business in it,” referring to the impending war in Gaza. He says that the media is soft-soaping the situation between Israel and Hamas, making it appear that Israel’s actions have been too extreme and unjustified. He believes, on the other hand, that these measures are reasonable and should be supported.

Let us leave the subject of Israel and Hamas.

Samuel "the insane" Wurzelbacher

Samuel "the insane" Wurzelbacher

Is this man insane or does he just need attention? The only reason we know of this man is because of the attention the media (and, subsequently, the Presidential nominees) paid him. Now he turns his back on the people that made him famous. The best part of this story, though, is that “Joe” was sent to Israel in a journalistic capacity. A company called Pajamas Media, a conservative media outlet, and its site pjtv.com sent this ordinary Joe to Israel to report on the Israeli viewpoint on the Gazan conflict. If the media should be excluded from covering this story, would that mean his own media coverage would be in question? Or is it only those members of the media whose views differ from Joe’s own?

The election season already verified that he is NOT a plumber or at least the ideal the nominees were waxing philosophic about (as Joe had admitted that his company made in excess of $250,000 at an Obama rally). Nor is he a “Joe”- his real name is actually Samuel. I guess we know something else he is not…smart…a journalist.

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