Joe the Plumber: "I think media should be abolished from reporting"

In Israel, the newly minted reporter calls for an end to war reporting and a return to good old-fashioned propaganda.

By Alex Koppelman

Published January 12, 2009 3:50PM (EST)

It didn't take long for Pajamas Media's newest star to show why conservatives were so enthused by the idea of him as a reporter. Joe the Plumber (real name Samuel "Joe" Wurzelbacher) is in Israel, covering the situation there for the right-leaning blog network. While visiting an Israeli facility where Hamas rockets that have hit the country are stored, Wurzelbacher explained his philosophy of war reporting:

To be honest with you, I don't think journalists should be anywhere allowed war (sic). 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. 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 the screen and everyone would be real excited and happy for them. Now everyone's got an opinion and wants to down soldiers, our American soldiers, Israeli soldiers. I think media should be abolished from, you know, reporting. You know, war is hell, and if you're going to sit there and say, "Well, look at this atrocity," well, you don't know the full story behind it half the time.  So I think the media should have no business in it. 

Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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