I feel sorry for other plumbers.

If I was made politically famous and artificially relevant like Joe the Plumber, I’d probably use the opportunity to ask important people about about things that I felt were pressing. The idea would be to do some good by highlighting important, complicated issues and getting to the bottom of them. And maybe that’s what Joe the Plumber’s intention is.

But then again, he’s just come out and basically said, “I think the media should be banned from reporting on wars.” Hear it from his own lips for yourself at about 1:18 in the video, and when he explains, see if you can spot the flaws.

Here’s the transcript in case you can’t believe your ears, along with the obvious problems I have with his explanation.

I’ll be honest with you. I don’t think journalists should be anywhere allowed war.

Then what are you doing covering the conflict in the Gaza Strip? Why did you stop plumbing to do this?

I mean, you guys report where our troops are at.

The man who you just talked to was showing you rocket fragments, not troop movements, so your criticism isn’t really relevant to your topic at all. But for the record, when the media talks about troop movements, if you could use one word to describe it, then it would surely have to be “vague.” The graphics they show might as well be weather maps for the whole continent. They’re pretty careful, probably because the war correspondents are moving with the troops.

You report what’s happening day to day.

That’s the point, Joe.

You make a big deal out of it.

It does a fine job making itself a big deal without anybody’s help actually. It’s war.

I think it’s asinine.

You’re an asshole. What are you doing if you really feel this way about war and the people who report on it?

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.

First off, you weren’t around for either of the World Wars. Second, I know that you know that people who are against the war in Iraq are still supportive of the troops, which is why their arguments always seem to end with a plead to bring them home. Third, there’s a difference between proper journalism (which seeks purely to be informative) and propaganda (which has the additional objective of distilling positive or negative opinions).

I think media should be abolished from, uh, you know, reporting.

Just what would you have them do then?

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.

You’re right about people not knowing the whole story, Joe. I’m just not quite sure that your proposal to abolish the media from reporting will help solve that problem.

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3 Responses to “I feel sorry for other plumbers.”

  1. John Grabowski Says:

    I loved this post. Thanks a lot. Some village is most definitely missing its idiot. I think he and Sarah should run in 2012. The Scream Team.

  2. James Laslavic Says:

    "I think he and Sarah should run in 2012."

    I actually burst out in laughter when I read this. Thank you. XD

  3. alex farguson Says:

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