A rising conservative U.S. media star says journalists shouldn’t be allowed to observe or report on wars.
Paris’s Le Monde has given international reach to the opinions of Samuel Joseph “Joe the Plumber” Wurzelbacher, who gained fame during the U.S. presidential election as an advocate of Presidential hopeful Sen. John McCain.
In an interview with “Joe le Plombier” posted prominently in the middle of the newspaper’s web site under the heading “La Guerre de Gaza”, Wurzelbacher talked about the insights he is gaining from being a journalist for the conservative news source PJTV.com in reporting about the war in Gaza from Israel.
When asked what he has learned from his new pursuit as a journalist, Wurzelbacher said that he believes the media shouldn’t be allowed to do “reporting” on wars. Showing an apparent disagreement with Thomas Jefferson and the U.S. Constitution, he says:
I’ll be honest with you. I don’t think journalists should be allowed anywhere [near a] 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 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 [be down on] 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.