Friday, January 9, 2009

Joe The Journalist

Am I crazy or is this guy just milking his fame to the nth degree?

And you thought Joe the Plumber's 15 minutes were up when Barack Obama won the Nov. 4 presidential election. Not quite. It turns out Joe the Plumber is becoming Joe the Journalist — eager to tell all those real war correspondents about the 'real' story going on in the Middle East.

Samuel 'Joe' Wurzelbacher, you'll remember, became an overnight media sensation after he confronted Obama on a rope line near Toledo, Ohio to protest the Democrat's plans to raise taxes on Americans earning over $300,000 a year. He spilled a sob story about how he wanted to open a plumbing business but feared the consequences of Obama’s tax plan. Course, then it turned out Wurzelbacher wasn't really a licensed plumber and actually owed a bunch of money on back taxes to various authorities. Undeterred, Wurzelbacher became an instapundit and promptly began offering opinions about foreing policy, including the observation that Obama's election would mean the death of Israel.

Precisely, he was asked if Obama's election would mean the death of Israel and replied, "I’ll go ahead and agree with you on that.”
Yeah, he snakes out drains for a living: why not assign him to cover "foreing" affairs for the United States news media? Makes sense to me; good luck with that, Joe.


Anonymous said...

The guy who fixed our gas leaks wasn't a licensed plumber either, but the job got done. You don't have to be licensed to A. know what you're doing, or B. pay the guy who IS licensed.

Go Joe.

Anonymous said...

Completely agree with one L. However, Joe has proven himself to be a bit of a dolt who has a poor understanding of the English language. That's why I think he should stay home. But if we think all news folks got their jobs based on their writing/speaking skilz..., well..., shit, give 'em the job.

JBW said...

The snake draining comment was just sarcasm. BD's explanation is exactly the reason I would have a problem taking this guy seriously as a journalist.

The comments I've heard from him at this point don't convince me that he has any kind of grasp of geopolitical events. He's a flavor of the week for the right wingers. If he does anything outstanding during his tenure there I'll reconsider.