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. GJ

    Someone please explain to me why this idiot is being covered by the press? This is not news and his opinions are ill-informed and irrelevant.

    January 12, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  2. Simon

    Joe the Plumber has finally put the nail on his own coffin!!!!!

    What a moron!

    January 12, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  3. Consuela

    This guy is such a moron. People are dying on both sides of the fence and all he thinks about is planning his day, having a picnic or taking a shower? If he believes that the media has no business covering the war, what's is he doing there? GIVE ME A BREAK!!

    January 12, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  4. One sided

    Wurzelbacher should've studied up or at least read the Cliff Notes on the conflict before he landed...

    Bet he wouldn't like living as a Palestinian under occupation either – constant checkpoints – can't move... His wife getting felt up by Israeli soldiers if she dares to grocery shop... Water and electricity turned off at whim. Medicine, food, NOTHING gets in... Oh yeah – and the WHOLE world seems to side with the ones doing this... Yep! It's great to be a Palestinian!

    Completely simplistic and one sided – like Wurzelbacher himself!

    January 12, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  5. H Sanei

    Media should have no business in reporting war but "Joe the Plumber" should!!!!
    We think Joe should focus on his plumbing business and try to get that plumbing license. We also think CNN should stop giving this fellow publicity. We think he is not representing millions of smart and enlightened Americans. This is an insult to us; please stop covering "Joe the Plumber".

    January 12, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  6. Eric

    What, Sarah Palin is on vacation or something so you had to find some other brainless twit to interview?

    January 12, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  7. GJ

    Someone please explain to me why this idiot is being covered by the press. This is not news and his opinions are ill-informed and irrelevant.

    January 12, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  8. Mark Dover, Delaware

    Joe the fake plumber/ reporter- Ban yourself from reporting. We don't want to hear from you ever again!

    January 12, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  9. chuck

    JOE I'LL GIVE YOU YOUR FINAL RITES FROM HERE -–R I P.

    January 12, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  10. Misty

    What a racist idiot?? Ban him CNN.. I do not understand why CNN is giving him the time of day. He is a sham and a shame.

    January 12, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  11. mARGE

    Someone should take on the so called reporters. All they do is yes yes yes, and followed obama around and heap on the bull. The way things are going now with obama, we see where he was the worst type of political liar we have seen in years. If he outbeat bush we know he can stretch the truth, and he did and does.

    January 12, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  12. H Sanei

    Media should have no business in reporting war but "Joe the Plumber" should!!!!
    We think Joe should focus on his plumbing business and try to get that plumbing license. We also think CNN should stop giving this fellow publicity. We think he is not representing millions of smart and enlightened Americans. This is an insult to us; please stop covering "Joe the Plumber".

    January 12, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  13. jmv

    WHAT AN IDIOT!!!! THANK YOU REPUBLICANS FOR THIS IDIOT!!!!

    January 12, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  14. sammieb51

    Wow, there really should be a law that could have him arrested for being stupid. Where to begin? Wow!! Pajama Media? Does that mean they will go back to sleep soon?

    January 12, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  15. Oh No!

    “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.”
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    Good reporting Joe, very good reporting, you know.

    January 12, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  16. sammieb51

    Wow, there really should be a law that could have him arrested for being stupid. Where to begin? Wow!! Pajama Media? Does that mean they will go back to sleep soon?

    January 12, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  17. chuck

    JOE I'LL GIVE YOU YOUR FINAL RITES FROM HERE -–R I P.

    January 12, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  18. DOC

    CNN finds this credible enough to report on?

    January 12, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  19. deadmetaphor

    This is truly the case of our sad American stupidity. "Not to report on war"??? War IS something we should UNDERSTAND, because if we don't, then IT SHOULD NOT BE GOING ON IN THE FIRST PLACE.

    Joe-Dumb-Dumb seems to be happiest if he were to be living in a dictatorship, where people can be taken from anyone's home without telling you why, nor where they are taking them, nor for what reason.

    January 12, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  20. Brad

    So Joe has, in the process of acting as a war correspondent, decided that war correspondents should not exist.

    This man is an idiot from head to toe.

    January 12, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  21. witch

    This guy is rather dumb, why is he even there?

    January 12, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  22. sammieb51

    Wow, there really should be a law that could have him arrested for being stupid. Where to begin? Wow!! Pajama Media? Does that mean they will go back to sleep soon?

    January 12, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  23. Gabe

    I think we should take it one step further. We should ban all media period.

    January 12, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  24. Consuela

    This guy is such a moron. People are dying on both sides of the fence and all he thinks about is planning his day, having a picnic or taking a shower? If he believes that the media has no business covering the war, what's is he doing there? GIVE ME A BREAK!!

    January 12, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  25. Simon

    Joe the Plumber has finally put the nail on his own coffin!!!!!

    What a moron!

    January 12, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
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