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.”
The only thing that Mr. Plumber-Butt has unloaded is that tiny brain of his. Don't you just want to puke in your soup every time this idiot opens his mouth?
Note to Joe – Reporting means there is more than one side to a story. Also, when you get paid for this media gig, please be sure to pay your stinkin' taxes!
Joe the Plumber would have fit right in with Sarah Palin. Between his opinion that journalists shouldn't cover wars and her wanting to ban books without reading them first, they are a perfect fit. Wars need to be covered so people can see right up front the cost of wars in misery and human lives lost. Also, Hamas should have known if you are going to throw rocks at a giant, that the giant may have bigger rocks to throw back.
They just need to ban Idiots from reporting is all
This guy is an absolute idiot! I'm sure that he'll do an outstanding job, much like his contribution to the RNC.
Oh Yeah. A real reporter. He's doing an awful lot of editorializing for a real reporter. That's a no-no Joe
This guy and his t-shirts and dumb remarks. LMAO! Does he have no shame?
Complete Idiot, he should be banned from life.
Irony. Joe the non-plumber, non-business owner, no-show, now unqualified reporter blasts the profession that he is now totally a tool of. Could he be any more stupid? Way to go GOP.
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Joe is absolutely right. Every single Hamas terrorist needs to be exterminated.
yet he is "reporting". Why is the media talking about him?
"when someone hits me, I'm going to unload on the boy.”
Yes, Joe, that's what we want. On behalf of the Conservative media outlet that sent you there, disregard the historical and religious context of the conflict, but instead marginalize the current situation to the intellectual equivalence of a college football game so 'Country First' bigots, who hate all Arabs and Muslims anyway, can best comprehend the present state of affairs.
They just need to ban Idiots from reporting is all. How's that plumbing thing working out Sam?
Joe is the male version of Sarah Palin...The toilet stool of America....somebody please flush it!
Hummmm Joe the plumber is now Joe the reporter...Hummmmm sounds suspicious...What is the significance of making Joe the Plumber into Joe the Reporter..... I don't know why I just don't trust this guy....
Hey Joe, go take a walk over to Gaza buddy. CNN please this is not news, well maybe for the Daily Show
when the hell did this guy become a news-worthy expert on ANYTHING?
This guy is a total moron.......Enough said!
What is his education? It is amazing to see how conservatives manipulate a naive person to their benefits. Listen dud during the cease fire truce, there was about 156 violations by both countries Israel and Palestine. Guess what only 33 violations were accounted by Palestinians, 123 violations were by Israelis. I don't think you have the educational background or the intelligence to know the context of the war. Please do not misinform the innocent and naive people like you.
Joe, the GOP nominee in 2012. Sorry, Sarah Palin.
the news media .once again has proven that the are no rules when it comes to reporting..the only exception are the ratings that are placed on the show and the reporter. THERE SHOULD BE MORE PEOPLE LIKE JOE. It is easy for people back home to say this or that however they do no know what takes place at that time and place, yet they can try to disgrace someone who honestly wants to get the correct story out to the world. the entrenched news reporters are a bunch of bogus reporters and many should have the credentials taken away.
He is right. All the media does is sell fear and mistrust. You do not get the whole story anymore. The only parts of the story that is published are the parts meant to make you angry or afraid. The more you read the more you feel that things are hopeless.
Don't you have a toilet to plunge?
Joe the plumber is an illiterate idiot. He supports the illegitimate zionist entity and the murders that they are carrying out.
Who cares? Can we stop covering this fool and maybe report on something relevant?