January 12th, 2009
03:01 PM ET
6 years ago

Joe the Plumber: Ban media from war

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Samuel Wurzelbacher, aka Joe the Plumber, is in Israel. (Getty Images/Israeli GPO)

(CNN) – ‘Joe the Plumber’ Wurzelbacher told a group of journalists covering the conflict in Israel and Gaza that he didn’t think the media should be allowed to report on war.

“I think media should be abolished from, you know, reporting,” Wurzelbacher said. “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.”

Wurzelbacher arrived in Israel on Sunday to start a 10-day assignment for pjtv.com, a Web site run by the conservative media outlet Pajamas Media. The plumber-turned-foreign correspondent said he wanted to cover Israel’s side of the conflict, because he thought the media was slanting the story to make it look like “Israel’s being bad.”

In his first day as a reporter, Wurzelbacher described the hardships of daily life in the southern Israeli town of Sderot.

“I’m sure they’re taking quick showers, I know I would,” Wurzelbacher said. “So you can’t plan your day, you can’t take a picnic.“

Wurzelbacher said he thought Israel should have attacked Gaza sooner. He told a group of reporters that he was a “peace-loving man,” but that "when someone hits me, I'm going to unload on the boy.”

He got a first-hand taste of reality in Sderot, when his group heard sirens warning of a rocket attack. With cameras rolling, Wurzelbacher and his group ran into a shelter.

“I’m in the bunker, I’m sitting there angry, outright furious, that I’m letting this terrorist dictate what I’m going to do because they’re firing missiles,” Wurzelbacher said. “It was fear at first, then outright anger, and then me wanting some kind of retribution. I’m not a person that runs from things, but when it’s a missile, you run.”


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  1. CHEWI

    Joe should keep his mouth shut for "HE" knows nothing about war and try to cash in his 15 mins. again! He is such a media whxxe. Joe, go home, get a real job.

    January 12, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  2. GT

    you are doing what exactly? sit down your 15 minutes is done.

    January 12, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  3. Bob

    What is Joe's location exactly...I mean the coordinates!

    January 12, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  4. The Angry Black Males

    He's so ignorant it's funny! At least his employer could hire an editor so that his statements sound more English-like.

    January 12, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  5. Courtney in Vegas

    S.O.S PLEASE HELP!!! WE NEED A CERTIFIED PLUMBER TO RUN A SNAKE UP "JOE THE PLUMBER" REAR EXIT. HE'S ALL BACKED UP AND OVERFLOWING WITH STUPITIDY. COST IS NOT A PROBLEM, BUT TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE.

    January 12, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  6. Jon

    Joe doesn't need a helmet. If he suffer's a brain injury nobody will be able to tell the difference when he gets back.

    January 12, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  7. Jim

    This is great reporting:

    "So you can’t plan your day, you can’t take a picnic.“

    Excellent....

    January 12, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  8. Jason

    Good gracious Vik, they have food, water, etc and are still shooting missiles into Isreal. What are you missing? They are not fighting for essentials, nor land. They don't like Israel, plain and simple. Why blame Israel? The rocket fire increased once the 8,000 settlers were removed, hmmm, I guess appeasement is the solution....

    January 12, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  9. shirley

    I'm confused. He's there reporting for a media outlet, but is insisting that journalists shouldn't be allowed to report on the situation? Um . . . is it too obvious to ask why he's there, then?

    January 12, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  10. John

    It's important for the media to be able to cover wars, because it helps hold governments in check. The media brought prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib to the public eye, and the US government had to answer for it.

    As far as Joe the Plumber reporting on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, he should report about both countries in a balanced way, and not with a goal of absolving Israel. Neither country is the "good guy" or the "bad guy."

    And finally, what qualifies Joe the Plumber to be a foreign correspondent anyway? I'll listen to Christane Amanpour over him any day.

    January 12, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  11. Mickele

    Then why doesn't Joe kick himself out of the country for being a reporter?? Wait...because he's not a real reporter just like he's not a real plumber!!!

    January 12, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  12. Whatever

    Hey Joe, if you are so concerned about Israel, why don't you just stay there and provide Israel your plumming skills. We don't want you here.

    January 12, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  13. lisa

    Are you kidding me? What a waste of time to have read this article and for cnn to actually put on this online is horrible. Obviously it shows how much America really cares about the situation in Palestine.

    January 12, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  14. honestly

    Okay here lies the joke, he is in Israel reporting but he thinks reportings should not be allowed to report on the war. Sorry but what is he reporting, how to get the best travel deals in Israel? Someone stop the idiot before he actually holds office.

    January 12, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  15. Peachy Keen

    So the Republicans put a couple of nutjobs on pedastals during the campaign and now these two nutjobs (Joe and Sarah) continue to make the entire party look like bozos. This whole thing is a hoot and will continue to get worse until 2012. Could it be that the entire party is really suffering from dementia?

    January 12, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  16. Meh

    Oh, TCM, really...what would it take to convince you that Barack's qualified? What makes him UNqualifed, in your opinion.

    January 12, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    PLEASE STOP TELLING US WHAT JOE THE PLUMBER IS DOING. PERIOD.

    January 12, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  18. Tristan

    Fake plumber becomes fake journalist.

    January 12, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  19. DTB

    Can we stop giving this guy attention now?

    January 12, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  20. Ralph

    Why is this even being reported. Who cares.

    January 12, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  21. Sean

    And you liberals wonder why there are wars in the world? Seriously, I've never seen so much hate directed at someone. If you don't like the guy, just ignore him. Why all the nasty comments?

    You express this kind of hate towards someone just because they are different from you, yet your party is the supposed 'tolerant' party, the party of the 'regular-Joe'? How ironic...

    I think the main reason that Joe is still around is due to the fact that he drives you liberals crazy. As evidenced by this blog. So keep playing the role you tools.

    When you're done reading all these lovely rants here's a little exercise for you liberals, and conservatives for that matter. STOP LABELING PEOPLE.

    Whatever happened to just being HUMAN.

    Sad.

    January 12, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  22. Neville Chamberlain

    The Allied response was out of proportion to the Nazi threat.

    January 12, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  23. honeychild

    Maybe he can see Russia from there!!!

    January 12, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  24. Ray

    Sderot was an Arab village until the early 50's.

    I wonder if the long showers and picnics in Gaza have been interrupted by the recent Israeli operation.

    January 12, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  25. kim

    CNN, I am disappointed in you. You are suppose to be a leading news network in this Country!
    This is definitely making me think twice.
    Enough of the plumber!

    January 12, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
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