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Plumby F. Baby

By Jesse Taylor
Wednesday, January 14, 2009 15:00 EDT
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imageWhat happens when a political movement that has revolved around open antipathy to any aspect of the First Amendment that results in said movement being criticized sends its folk hero to the Promised Land to report on what’s happening?

Hilariously stupid shit, that’s what.

“You don’t need to see what’s happening every day, that’s my personal opinion, you don’t have to share it. But, you know, okay, you don’t have to see, you know, 800 dead, 801 dead. It’s like they drill that in your head. … They want you to sit there saying there are so many people dying. You know these are large, these are numbers, you know I don’t want to take away from that. Let me, uh, think about how to say that again. Just essentially, they keep drilling it into your head, newscast after newscast after newscast.

I think the military should decide what information to give the media and then the media can release it to the public. I don’t believe they need to be in the front lines with soldiers, I don’t believe they need to, uh, you know, be bothering the military for information or for access to certain areas.

That’s Joseph T. Plumber on the proper role of the military in what he seems to think is some sort of military dictatorship. Conservative warbloggers are, predictably, incensed.

By making a 15-minute-of-fame political media celebrity its point man in Israel, PJTV took a risk and they’ve now been bitten by it.

Joe is now the face of PJTV. His saying that reporters should not be with front line soldiers undercuts any effort by PJTV to put reporters on the front lines of a war.

If Joe had his way, I could not have filed this report , or this report or made these documentaries .

Joe would make the government the dispenser of information–gee, what could go wrong with that?

The plumber should stick to what he does best as a media personality–relating things as a father and skilled tradesman trying to make a living. When he moves beyond that, he is out of his depth.

I have no idea why this elitist fuck is demeaning the hard work of a guy who apparently took a free trip to Israel so that he could muddle his way through the Reader’s Digest version of The Manifesto of the Fascist Struggle in the middle of a country full of Jews. Joe the Plumber is bringing the vital perspective of a goddamn idiot to the rest of the world, making sure everyone and their mother understands the concept of irony.

The best part is that the only people who are to blame for Joe’s sloppy pile of failure are the people who sent him there – the conservative movement that’s built up such a ridiculous level of anti-media hatred. When you indoctrinate your core to believe that the press are inherently biased liars incapable of telling the truth or respecting the values of the people they report to, and then try to build up a citizen corps of people to do the same thing you hate, well…it’s going to be a citizen corps of idiots. Good job, guys!

Jesse Taylor
Jesse Taylor
Jesse Taylor is an attorney and blogger from the great state of Ohio. He founded Pandagon in July, 2002, and has also served on the campaign and in the administration of former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland. He focuses on politics, race, law and pop culture, as well as the odd personal digression when the mood strikes.
 
 
 
 
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