Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Something Stupid Someone Else Said

"I’ll be honest with you. I don’t think journalists should be anywhere allowed war. I mean, you guys report where our troops are at. You report what’s happening day to day. You make a big deal out of it. I think it’s asinine. You know, 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, you know, the screen and everyone would be real excited and happy for’em. Now everyone’s got an opinion and wants to downer–and down soldiers. You know, American soldiers or Israeli soldiers.

I think media should be abolished from, uh, you know, reporting. You know, war is hell. And if you’re gonna sit there and say, “Well look at this atrocity,” well you don’t know the whole story behind it half the time, so I think the media should have no business in it." -Joe the Plumber, turned reporter

Basically what he's saying here is that the media should abdicate it's watchdog duties during times of war and just trust our government to do the right thing. In Joe's world, good Americans just keep their mouths shut and toe the government's line. This guy's a movie of the week; he's a fucking t-shirt. Sending him to the Middle East with any actual expectation of honest and accountable journalism is an irresponsible right-wing publicity stunt but then again, so was his exploitation by the McCain-Palin campaign. I told you he was unqualified to do this job well.

[Update: I just read this and had to add it:

Wurzelbacher 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.”
As I've said before,I think both sides in this war are deluded fools but to say that he's there to cover Israel's side of the story when they're the ones instituting a media black-out in Gaza makes him look like the biggest fool of all.]


JoeBama "Truth 101" Kelly said...

I'm outraged to JBW. But guess what buddy. Stupid leads to a successful life. Don't be surprised when Joe the faux Plumber rises all the way to President of these United States.

JBW said...

T101, I think he'd be better suited to leading Grace's soon to be created fledgling nation of Christiania.

Laura Lee - Grace Explosion said...
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JBW said...

Grace, what made you think that the people who frequent this blog would possibly need a primer on who Lex Luthor is? What a chick move.

Van Zan said...

I think this is an interesting experiment....
A politically simpleton American in one of the most historically deep and morally complex political situations the world has ever known... what might go snap crackle pop in his parochial mind?