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. Darrell

    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!

    January 12, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  2. Witchy99510

    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.

    January 12, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  3. Sick Of The Repug Machine

    They just need to ban Idiots from reporting is all

    January 12, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  4. whatthe?

    This guy is an absolute idiot! I'm sure that he'll do an outstanding job, much like his contribution to the RNC.

    January 12, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  5. Beth

    Oh Yeah. A real reporter. He's doing an awful lot of editorializing for a real reporter. That's a no-no Joe

    January 12, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  6. Marcia, Marcia, Marcia in CA

    This guy and his t-shirts and dumb remarks. LMAO! Does he have no shame?

    Apparently, not.

    January 12, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  7. Proud American

    Complete Idiot, he should be banned from life.

    January 12, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  8. Chad

    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.

    January 12, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  9. CHENEY

    UNDERCOVER NEOCON REVEALED!

    January 12, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  10. Flo the Bomber

    Joe is absolutely right. Every single Hamas terrorist needs to be exterminated.

    January 12, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  11. R

    yet he is "reporting". Why is the media talking about him?

    January 12, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  12. arc, Lugano CH

    "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.

    January 12, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  13. Sick Of The Repug Machine

    They just need to ban Idiots from reporting is all. How's that plumbing thing working out Sam?

    January 12, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  14. Mozart

    Joe is the male version of Sarah Palin...The toilet stool of America....somebody please flush it!

    January 12, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  15. cat

    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....

    January 12, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  16. new york

    Hey Joe, go take a walk over to Gaza buddy. CNN please this is not news, well maybe for the Daily Show

    January 12, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  17. you're jokng, right

    when the hell did this guy become a news-worthy expert on ANYTHING?

    January 12, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  18. Plumber who?

    This guy is a total moron.......Enough said!

    January 12, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  19. Beth

    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.

    January 12, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  20. Azar

    Joe, the GOP nominee in 2012. Sorry, Sarah Palin.

    January 12, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  21. THE OLD TIMER

    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.

    January 12, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  22. Jason

    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.

    January 12, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  23. Jane

    Joe,
    Don't you have a toilet to plunge?

    January 12, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  24. George Bush

    Joe the plumber is an illiterate idiot. He supports the illegitimate zionist entity and the murders that they are carrying out.

    January 12, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  25. chris

    Who cares? Can we stop covering this fool and maybe report on something relevant?

    January 12, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
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