joe the war correspondent

Frankly, I’ve been too depressed about the slaughter in Gaza to post anything lately. At least until I watched the news tonight and saw “Joe the Plumber” in Israel posing as a
“war correspondent” for Pajama’s Media. That brought a moment of levity to the situation, seeing him out there stumbling around some barren hinterland in Israel with a microphone. With Gaza in the near distance, and framing his entire report, you could see dark plumes smoke rising from the carnage in the distance. And so it was in serious context and an expression to match the overnight everyman of all trades put forth some profound reflections for the everyman back home (look out Robert Fisk and John Pilger):

“I’ll be honest with you. I don’t think journalists should be anywhere allowed war. I mean, you guys report where our troops are at. You report what’s happening day to day. You make a big deal out of it. I-I think it’s asinine. You know, I liked back in World War I and World War II when you’d go to the theater and you’d see your troops on, you know, the screen and everyone would be real excited and happy for’em. Now everyone’s got an opinion and wants to downer–and down soldiers. You know, American soldiers or Israeli soldiers. I think media should be abolished from, uh, you know, reporting. 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.”

Well, so you’ve gotta give the guy credit where credit is due, after all he managed to make himself an overnight national symbol posing as a plumber, when he was not really a plumber, then there were record contracts, when he couldn’t sing, then a possible run for public office, – none of which compare to the current stunt of pretending to be a “war correspondent”. All I can say is WOW, not that it’s some feat of imagination to play the republican version of “The Great Imposter” (no, there are plenty of them), it’s how he’s put the whole thing together. Or lets say it’s elegance . He is after all suppose to be a war correspondent, reporting on the war, but instead, he not only doesn’t report anything about the war (going on in the background) but goes on to admonish anybody who should report on the war. In sum then, he’s a non reporter, reporting that it’s a waste of time to report, all the while getting paid to report. Not bad. The man has obviously been studying at the feet of the Queen of political kitch, Sarah Palin. In this instance he has one up’ed her, by taking her her famous Cohen Bros. Fargo turkey farm massacre interview, one step beyond. And instead of making a humorous unwitting political metaphor, Joe goes all the way – preforming his epic republican theater of the absurd in front of an actual and on going human massacre of real people with real blood, while at the same time behooving us to ignore it. A truer republican mindset, would be impossible to find.

4 Responses to “joe the war correspondent”

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  2. anon Says:

    You feel depressed? You don’t live in Gaza, for one thing, and you can fight this madness. Get mad, write, email, call. Get angry, but do something, even if it’s just giving up starbucks and letting them know you don’t support Israel. Joe the Plumber and Israel go together, both losers. Show some backbone.

  3. jdp Says:

    Joe the plumber gives plumbers a bad name. I know plumbers, and Joe you are no plumber.

    The fellow has got to be one of the biggest dumb asses I’ve ever seen. A moment in the sun is all he’ll have.

  4. am Says:

    I don’t know why you assume I haven’ t done any of those things, because I have. And I’ve never been in a Starbucks, or a Walmart for that matter.

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