The Commonwealth Comment

Monday, January 12, 2009

Joe the Foreign Correspondent

So, it appears as though our friend Joe "The Plumber" Wurzelbacher is stretching his 15 minutes of fame a little longer than any of us thought possible. As we speak, Joe is reporting from Israel as a foreign war correspondent for the conservative media outlet, Pajamas Media.

But while Joe has taken up the Israeli cause to help combat slanted, elitist, and apparently anti-Israel journalism in the U.S. he reportedly told a group of journalists he believes they shouldn't be allowed to report on wars or on anything for that matter.

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

For such a freedom loving American, Joe certainly has an un-American stance when it comes to freedom of the press. I guess he overlooked that amendment to the Constitution. What number was it? Oh, yea the first one!

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

Joe, if I may be so bold as to apply your own words to your new found career in "journalism"...

You don't know the whole story behind it and have no business in it.


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