In my last post, I wrote that Samuel J. Wurzelbacher (a.k.a. Joe The Plumber) had signed up to become a war correspondent for a small, conservative online news site called Pajamas TV. Well, Joe arrived in Israel and began reporting on what he was observing. My initial suspicion was that he grossly under estimated the task he had been asked to do. As I watched a video recorded by the Associated Press of one of his first interviews, it quickly became apparent that this was going to be a joke. And not a little one.
He began the interview in Sderot, Israel as follows, “Shoot. (big sigh) I have a lot of questions. I’m just trying to find the right one.” He continued, referring to the rocket casings behind him that the bomb disposal unit had gathered from the streets and neighborhoods, by asking, “Why are you guys collecting all these?” My guess, Joe, is that they didn’t want you to step on them as you played journalist in their country. Or maybe it was that they were protecting their citizens. But it gets better. He decided to vent to reporters covering his trip (I still don’t think this should be news) and espouse his belief that journalists shouldn’t be allowed to cover war. Here’s part of that conversation:
“I’ll be honest with you. I don’t think journalists should be anywhere allowed in 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, 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.”
Really, Joe? I think it’s clear your fifteen minutes of fame should have been over long ago.
Let’s move on. For a more intelligent view of the world, we return to the U.S., where activist and U2 lead-singer Bono wrote as an Op-Ed Guest Columnist for the New York Times on January 11. His piece, titled simply “Notes From The Chairman,” is well-written (of course) and provides terrific insight into his creative process and style of expression.
You can use this player to listen to Bono’s recording of the column:
You’ll also find the online version here, but I encourage you to listen to the audio version. It provides a much richer experience than simply reading the article. While I’d like to believe I am well-connected in the music industry, I cannot take credit for the audio. That comes courtesy of the New York Times too. Enjoy! And let me know what you think.