Are His Fifteen Minutes Up Yet? Joe The Plumber Now War Correspondent

Samuel J. Wurzelbacher, that slice of Americana commonly referred to as Joe the Plumber, who thought Obama was the reddest Marxist since Ivan Drago laced up his gloves, is back in the limelight. Not satisfied with a book deal and a possible country music album, Joe has set his sights on becoming a war correspondent. The Associated Press reported today that conservative blog collective PajamasTV.com has hired Joe to report on the recent Isreali-Palestinian war.

Personally, I love that citizen journalists can now have a widespread voice. Those of us without journalism degrees can still present our views to a large audience and, for the most part, be taken seriously. The number of opinions I read each day were not even remotely available to my father when he was my age. That pleases me to no end. Quantity does not mean quality. There is a difference between someone speaking knowledgably on a subject and the slightly disheveled man shouting on a street corner about “that damn government”.

PajamasTV can no longer be taken seriously. I understand and support wanting to get the “average man’s” opinion on world events. However, Joe is a man who has said, “A vote for Obama is a vote for the death of Israel”. That is certainly not the opinion of the man on the street. Can a man who told Fox News anchor Shepard Smith “You don’t want my opinion on foreign policy. I know just enough to kind of be dangerous.” be trusted to objectively cover a foreign war. In a word NO.

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