Say It Ain't So, Joe

Samuel J. “Joe the Plumber” Wurzelbacher is now working a gig as a war correspondent covering the fighting between Hamas and Israel in the Gaza strip for Pajamas Media, a conservative blog outlet. But he’s already come out publicly against the profession of war correspondents in general, calling them part of the problem. So, if The Buzz comes out against plumbers will we start to get better pressure and more hot water in the morning?

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“Joe the Correspondent” Wurzelbacher is in Israel, “covering” the conflict in the Gaza strip, which is a big plus for a news hungry public because up to this point, it was hard to get any information about the ongoing violence—because it was only being covered by The Washington Post, The New York Times, Haaretz, The Globe and Mail, and every major blog and news site in the world. But now that Joe is on the scene, we can get to the bottom of this 60+ year old war. And Joe is making himself right at home, denouncing “the media” of which he is now a part (maybe…), and lambasting reporters for “reporting:”

"Oh, shoot—I had a lot of questions—I’m just trying to find the right one...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...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 reporting."

Did that just happen? What exactly does he think he’s over there doing? Is he a freelance journalist, an on-site free-associating right-wing beat poet, a minister without portfolio for an opposition government in self-exile? The Buzz does not want to be accused of elitism, so we won’t mention the stretched-out t-shirt, the dangling prepositions, and the irony that “everyone’s got an opinion” is wildly accurate in this case.

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