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

Joe the Plumber: Ban media from war


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. Steven NY

    The only reason Joe the Plummer should be in the news is if he discovers a rodent in a toilet drain. This moran shouldn't even be in the news. Stop talking about Joe the Brain dead plumber!

    January 12, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  2. Dale _montana

    Excuse me, Joe, but are you reporting on the war? Does that make you part of the media? Should you be banned? Or only those individuals who have a degree in journalism and have made a career decision to commit to the honest distribution of ideas and events. Maybe we should only listen to unbiased voices of those seeking to capitalize on their 15 minutes of fame so that they might return home to get their plummer's license and buy that business that they have long dreamed of only to have they nasty ol' government snatch it from their grasp.

    January 12, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  3. Joseph

    hahaahahaha! awesome joke guys!

    January 12, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  4. Irma in North Carolina

    Joe you should of taken Sarah with you so she would learn something. Of course then you would have her whole family with you. Oh well you liked Sarah anyway.

    January 12, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  5. edahle

    I'm at a loss to understand why anyone would place someone who knows nothing of the political or historical currents of this conflict, much less how to speak intelligently or eloquently, as a "foreign correspondent" in a region already horribly misunderstood and misconstrued by this country.

    I suppose Sarah Palin will soon replace Christiane Amanpour.

    January 12, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  6. once upon a horse

    Come on America when is this sham going to end?? This guy is no more qualified to go over and cover a conflict doing journalisim work than I am and I have a Masters Degree. It's an insult to all the young men and women attending journalism schools and PAYING for it that he even gets all this attention. Maybe somebody should ask him how he felt about throwing John McCain, the guy that got him in the spotlight, under the bus and stepping on him just to get where he's gotten to.. But I guess those who see him as a hero don't mind that he did that. Seems the far right has no problem using people and tossing them aside, just ask Gov Palin.

    January 12, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  7. AnaB

    Well Joe, if you think the media should not be reporting on the war, can you explain why you are there?

    January 12, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  8. Truth Hurts

    Joe the Dumber is really streching it. If he thinks he has any future in politics, well, he just blew it!! All the media will do is keep eating at him, just like they did Palin!! He needs to go somewhere and sit down before he get killed over there and get him a real job!!

    January 12, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  9. Matt: honestly

    This guy obviously has no understanding of the Constitution.

    January 12, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  10. Matt

    I hope they launch him at a school.

    January 12, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  11. abraxis

    Wow! I think "Joe's" employer could have hired someone more ignorant than him by hiring "W."!

    What do you get when you allow ignorance to espouse ignorance? IGNORANCE!

    January 12, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  12. justin smith

    this guy I thought already had his 15 min. when hes over there im sure he can work as a contractor with no Lic so he doesn't have to worry about that., and if hes lucky and stay there. im sure they will welcome a white American with George bush views.

    January 12, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  13. Peggy the Unemployed

    If people just ignoed the guy, he would slink back into obscurity.

    January 12, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  14. Ursula

    What a total moron. Does he really believe that people will buy his garbage after lying on national television?

    January 12, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  15. Film Professor

    So the media has no business reporting this story, but an idiotic plumber from Ohio does?

    Say it ain't so, Joe! I think you understand as much about journalism as you do about small business (e.g nothing. ) Please go back to your plunger.

    January 12, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  16. Fenarkleman

    Joe the Moron. That's who this guy is.

    January 12, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  17. Ken in Dallas

    people with a brains should be in charge January 12th, 2009 1:30 pm ET

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

    other Joe thoughts…
    "doctors should not be allowed to prescribe, you know, medicine"
    "librarys should not, you know, have books"
    "science should not, you know, be taught in schools"

    this person needs to go back to fixing toilets, he sounds about just smart enough for that job, you know…..


    No. He really doesn't sound smart enough to be allowed to fix toilets.

    January 12, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  18. richard rohde

    Oh lordy dumocrats, the man just asked a simple question of the messiah, which was the most real moment of the entire election. George Soros, the unions and ACORN lost control for a minute. He does not need to be crucified like Palin and her family everytime the MSM decides they want to bash someone.

    January 12, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  19. lc

    Palin with a plunger!

    January 12, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  20. Abyssinian Lion

    He will become Joe The Surgeon next, after he gets tired of this easy reporting thingy.

    January 12, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  21. shelley

    Joe the dumber .... not again!! Please Please Please stay in Israel...

    January 12, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |

    From Sara P ( the other person who needs to go away) "Oh no Joe say it ain't so". This guy is the biggest JOE BLOW in the world. He needs to stop trying to be what he clearly is not qualified to be. The media needs to stop giving him any time in the spotlight. CNN and others needs to just STOP. He is not news worthy of their reporting. There are far greater issues to report. Stop putting him and Sara in the spotlight and report on issues that have meaning.

    January 12, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  23. Erik S.

    Read the hate in these replies. This says a lot about you people as a group. Someone else making it and you guys can't stand it, then you call him names like little children, and then you wonder why his name is still in the media? Sad day when the man you make fun of for being stupid has more common sense then the majority of you guys.

    January 12, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  24. pj4521

    What a freaking moron. Here's hoping joe steps on a land mine and blows himself to Alaska, where he lands in a million pieces all over Sarah's front porch. IDIOT!

    January 12, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  25. Peggy the Unemployed

    Just one more question, is "Joe" a combat veteran? Does he really understand what war if all about?

    January 12, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
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