Joe The Plumber Thinks Media Shouldn’t Report On Wars

Joe The Plumber Thinks Media Shouldn’t Report On Wars


Kind of an odd statement coming from a guy who accepted a paid gig to be a war correspondent, but hey…it’s not like Pajamas TV is paying Wurzelbacher to be consistent or even correct.

AP reports…

And here’s a partial transcript just in case you can’t see the video…

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.

I do love Joe’s honesty though, because the fact that he prefers the pro-war propaganda created by the government instead of actual facts is pretty much all you need to know about him.

By the way, I will never forgive McCain for unleashing this guy on us.

  • gerryf

    Got a great idea…make this the last Joe the Plumkber post ever. If everyone takes that vow he will slip back into well-deserved obscurity

  • dumbwhore

    This guy is an idiot on a level that is almost un-paralleled. He doesn’t know we had reporters in WWII? That said, he must know because someone shot the reels of footage that he refers to people watching in theatres. What he’s really complaining about is all the silly Americans who’ve decided to have opinions and use those crazy freedoms we were given and still fight for today. You know, freedom of speech and all that stupid nonsense.

    I ask you all, when is the American populace going to get behind this war effort and support it. You know, write songs about how great the troops are, start paying their taxes, etc. He’s an idiot.

  • Dennis Sanders

    NEVER forgive McCain? Isn’t that a bit harsh, Justin?

  • Dyre42

    I second Gerry’s motion.

  • Derek Viger

    Even if we bloggers stop reporting on Joe, the mainstream media wont give up. There are still some ratings they can beat out of that dead horse. I think there may be a hoof still intact.

  • Jimmy the Dhimmi

    In some sense, Joe shouldn’t worry. Nowadays the media doesn’t report on the actual war, they only report on deaths in war – and only the deaths that they think are important. The media usually doesn’t give away troop movements or strategy, because they aren’t really that interested in it. When CBS news would report “X-amount of Marines killed in a roadside bomb in Ramadi today,” did any of us learn what those marines were actually doing there?

    The whole narrative of the current Israel/Hamas conflict is not what caused it, or what Israel or Hamas is hoping to achieve, or how they are strategically and tactically achieving it. Instead, the entirety of the news is focussed on how many Palestinian children are being killed in explosions presumably caused by Israeli armaments. They want Israel to stop. And they are trying to convince you to believe the same through their biased reporting.

    As much as there might be government propaganda, there most certainly is media propaganda, as time and time again the Associated Press and Reuters have been proven to be advocates for the perceived weaker side in these asymmetrical wars. Anybody remember the photoshopped AP photos of smoke from Beirut, those pictures of the “Lebanese toy-collector” or “green-helmet guy” in 2006? No? Well of course not. Why would the mainstream press reveal their complicity in disseminating propaganda from “resistance” groups that the editors, in their own minds, pledge solidarity with?

  • Justin Gardner

    Dennis, that was meant to be tongue-in-cheek. It’s not like I’d go up to McCain and punch him in the face if I saw him.


    I think it was extraordinarily irresponsible to make a guy like Joe into an “everyman” celebrity when he clearly doesn’t know what he’s talking about, and didn’t even know what he was talking about when he questioned Obama the first time. And the only reason Joe was created in the first place is because McCain wanted to dishonestly spin a very small soundbite against Obama and it didn’t work. But now we have Joe giving us gems like, “I think media should be abolished from, uh, you know, reporting.”

    But hey, it sure is Mavericky! :-)

  • skyotter

    “… 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 …”

    i find this unintentionally hilarious. i wish i could remember things from before i was born, like Joe apparantly can