Monday, January 12, 2009

This… Is Stupidity

Joe the Plumber reports from Gaza, and weighs in on the role of the press.

I’ll be honest with you. I don’t think journalists should be anywhere allowed 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 downer, ah, 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.

So Edward R. Murrow and Ernie Pyle, reporting from the battlefields of the London blitz or the war in the Pacific during World War II, were just in the way and were “downers.”

I think somebody needs to find a really big and comprehensive book on the history of war and show Joe in terms he understands that “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,” it was reporters who shot the newsreel footage that got onto the screen, as opposed to John Wayne in his toupee on the back lot in Hollywood making Flying Leathernecks.

And if that doesn’t get through to him, just beat the crap out of him with the book.

2 barks and woofs on “This… Is Stupidity

  1. Life magazine did a bang-up job with big PICTURES of WWII and then he could watch a “Victory At Sea” DVD. Very few words to challenge his reading abilities and much in the way of gritty, on the ground, photography. Reporting suitable for 5th graders – about Joe’s level.

  2. Life magazine did a bang-up job with big PICTURES of WWII and then he could watch a “Victory At Sea” DVD. Very few words to challenge his reading abilities and much in the way of gritty, on the ground, photography. Reporting suitable for 5th graders – about Joe’s level.

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