Y’all remember our guy, Joe? Joe the Plumber? Apparently Joe enjoyed his 15 minutes of fame so much, he’s milking it for all it’s worth. Today, Joe can be found in Israel, offering his expert advice on the situations of war and the role, or lack thereof, the media should play.
“To be honest with you, I don’t think journalists should be anywhere allowed war [sic]. . . . I liked back in World War I and World War II, when you’d go to the theater and you’d see your troops on the screen and everyone would be real excited and happy for them. Now everyone’s got an opinion and wants to down soldiers—our American soldiers, our Israeli soldiers. I think media should be abolished from reporting.” (here)
So Joe, self-sacrificing man that he is, is risking life and limb to ensure the real world, all the average Joes out there, recieve unbiased coverage since the media is doing such an inadequate job of it. One would think then that Joe is going in with an open mind, one ready to accept the views of both sides in the conflict, in order to promote “true coverage.” And then we see this
Wurzelbacher [Joe] arrived in Israel on Sunday to start a 10-day assignment for pjtv.com, a Web site run by the conservative media outlet Pajamas Media. The plumber-turned-foreign correspondent said he wanted to cover Israel’s side of the conflict, because he thought the media was slanting the story to make it look like “Israel’s being bad.” (here)
“I’m in the bunker, I’m sitting there angry, outright furious, that I’m letting this terrorist dictate what I’m going to do because they’re firing missiles,” Wurzelbacher said. “It was fear at first, then outright anger, and then me wanting some kind of retribution. I’m not a person that runs from things, but when it’s a missile, you run.” (here)
At one stop on the campaign trail, Mr Wurzelbacher agreed with a McCain supporter who asked if he believed a vote for Mr Obama was a vote for the death of Israel. (here)
Ohhh, so that’s how it’s done then, eh? It’s already poor Israel and terrorist Pali. He’s got the unbiased act down pat.
Well if an unbiased report on the crisis isn’t to be gained from Joe’s plight, what is then? Maybe the cinderella story of Joe and his 15 minutes of shame could still teach us all a valuable lesson. Like if, when people say ‘bend over’ you say ‘how far,’ you’ll get ahead. Joe would most likely have lived out his life in anomymity in Ohio, never progressing past the plumber stage of life. But, with the right moves, Joe is now an ocean away, offering his expert views on one of the most delicate, tangled, and heated situations in the world. Thanks, Joe!
Ladies and gentlemen, Joe the *insert occupation*!!