January 12, 2009

Must... Resist... Hitting... Head... Against... Keyboard.

Pajama Media TV's idea of a war correspondent, Samuel Wurzelbacher, aka Joe the Plumber, goes to Israel and laments...war correspondents in a warzone. That's a curious way to kiss up to the boss: admit that your assignment is a bad idea.

Here's direct quote from Joe--who's currently reporting from just outside Gaza:

"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-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."

Thanks to Brandon at Vet Voice for transcribing something that even makes my cast iron stomach wretch.

Leave it to a bunch of rightwing boneheads to hire someone who doesn't even understand the function of a free press. Maybe the PJ bunch should consider renaming themselves Pravda. Of course, considering that Israel is preventing actual journalists (not the fake kind like Joe here) into Gaza to report what's actually happening, maybe it's unnecessary to be that overt.

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