Jump the shark

Today’s lesson in irony-

‘Joe the Plumber’ Wurzelbacher told a group of journalists covering the conflict in Israel and Gaza that he didn’t think the media should be allowed to report on war.

“I think media should be abolished from, you know, reporting,” Wurzelbacher said. “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.”

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.”

The media should be there to report the news but by Joe wanting to cover ‘Israel’s side of the conflict’, doesn’t he realize he is picking sides too?

Also note that if the media was abolished from covering the war, Joe wouldn’t be there either. I think Joe the Plumber’s 15 minutes of fame are up.

Before someone attacks the source for the above, CNN, I’ll note Joe’s dislike of the media coverage was reported in the Jerusalem Post. We certainly know that member of the media can’t be pro-Israel.(Turn off the sarcasm)

Doug at Below the Beltway concurs

Which just leads me to something once said by America’s 3rd President:

“Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.”

So, instead of Joe The Plumber, I’ll take my wisdom from Tom The President.

Dr Steven Taylor writes

This really has to be one of the oddest episodes in recent politics and now in journalism (so to speak). It is made even stranger in that he seems to think that he is not only a reporter and commentator, but now is some sort of voice of moral authority based on nothing more than asking Obama a question and then having McCain say “Joe the Plumber” over and over at a debate.

We all know how that worked for McCain.

Scott Johnson at Powerline dissents

“Is there any chance Pajamas can send Joe on to Beirut, Damascus and Tehran after he completes his assignment in Israel? I think he could teach the media reporting from those locales how to do it right as well”

Send Joe to cover professional golf in the United States. He stands a good chance at being better with simple facts than Doug Ferguson or Ron Sirak are.

What do I think of Joe after this episode? Check the title of this post. There’s a You Tube video worth watching below the fold.

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