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Joe the Plumber to Report on Gaza—Seriously

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Posted on Jan 7, 2009
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The Paris Hilton of conservative politics is back and more preposterous than ever. Joe “the Plumber” Wurzelbacher is headed to the Middle East to report on the war in Gaza for Pajamas Media. But isn’t that dangerous? Not to worry, says Joe: “Being a Christian I’m pretty well protected by God, I believe.”

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‘Joe the Plumber’ is headed overseas to try his hand at covering the conflict in Gaza, Wurzelbacher’s publicist Thomas Tabback confirmed to CNN Wednesday.

Wurzelbacher plans to spend 10 days in Israel reporting on the conflict for, a Web site run by conservative media outlet Pajamas Media.

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By jeepguy1980, January 9, 2009 at 8:29 am Link to this comment

Someone needs to break it to Joe that the contract on his 15 min of fame has expired… time for Joe to start plunging toilets again.

Why does this guy even have a publicist? What next a talk show?  Reality TV?  One can only hope that he gets to test his theory on God protecting him.

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By tommym, January 9, 2009 at 7:23 am Link to this comment

The Gaza Strip; I feel like thats right where “Joe the Plumber” belongs

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By Stephen, January 8, 2009 at 7:52 pm Link to this comment
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Is this any more ridiculous than everything else we see?  With what’s going on in Gaza, I don’t see how anyone can even consider take this buffoon seriously.

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By Zhu Bajie, January 8, 2009 at 6:53 pm Link to this comment
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I have a suspicion that Joe won’t like Israel or the Israelis.  About 1/2 of them stem from Arab countries and are not very different in looks and manners.  The others are rather assimilated to Middle Eastern ways, too.

Of course, they are not Xtns.  Generally, they are as irreligious as can be, far more than Americans.  But they don’t think highly of US type born-agains.  Certainly they have no use for fantasies about the Rapture, the Third Temple, the Second Coming of Jesus….

Joe may come back a convert to anti-Zionism!  Not that he will do anything practical to help the Palestinians,either.  Probably he’ll become a professional China-hater.  Lots of money there, potentially.

Zhu Bajie

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By PatrickHenry, January 8, 2009 at 5:16 pm Link to this comment

I hope he reports the truth and isn’t mistaken for a non-jew over there.

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By nino, January 8, 2009 at 3:18 pm Link to this comment

i want to know which right wing whacko group is funding him?

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By Hulk2008, January 8, 2009 at 2:28 pm Link to this comment
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Call him Joe the Journalist -  alliteration works !  fyi .... Joe thought “Gaza” was a strip joint in Philly. 

To Fadel: 
    I think you can calm down and be pretty sure Joe is not a Zionist - I’d be surprised if Joe can even spell Z-I-O-N.  Since Joe has been cheered on consistently by such “zionists” as Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly, you can probably keep your shoes on ..... and chill out.

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By Jon Roesler, January 8, 2009 at 1:41 pm Link to this comment
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Thanks, Truthdig, for devoting space to this important news about a popular American icon!

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By mill, January 8, 2009 at 12:16 pm Link to this comment

he is not qualified.  who will buy his reports?  Who could possibly believe them?

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By Bboy57, January 8, 2009 at 12:00 pm Link to this comment


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By choupachoup, January 8, 2009 at 10:51 am Link to this comment
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“being a christian i am pretty much protected by god”.. we sure need some reporting from there, and everyone else who tries either gets shot (obviously not christian) or has that annoying problem of no electricity, water etc. (ditto)
sarah should run for mayor of gaza too, between the two, this middle east curfuffle would be straightened out in a heart beat.
go joe !

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By Little Brother, January 8, 2009 at 9:59 am Link to this comment

Geez, I was hoping they’d bring Kato Kaelin out of retirement for such an important assignment!

Or the most ridiculous loser from “So Who Wants to Be an Idolized Obese Dancing Millionaire”?

Amerikans get such a kick out of “Reality TV”; it’s about time we got a chance to yuck it up in Gaza!

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By JWVerez, January 8, 2009 at 9:33 am Link to this comment
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I’ll take this article over to CommonDreams. It’ll be interesting to see joehope and his zionist troll friends drolling over it. This article serves as a good reason why some like myself became less and less religious despite being Christian, Jew, or whatever religion !

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By felicity, January 8, 2009 at 9:32 am Link to this comment

Did anybody read the book “The Dumbing Down of America”?  (Came out years ago.) Part two, write it somebody, would be titled “America, Dumbed Down.”

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By Allan Krueger, January 8, 2009 at 9:17 am Link to this comment

Joe should take Sarah with him - the Republican ticket for 2012!

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By Dave, January 8, 2009 at 7:41 am Link to this comment
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While already “kindly” providing heavily biased press coverage on the side israel. I come to expect nothing less from the US media than sending an unqualified, already ridiculed, public joke to cover what is a such serious and tradgic conflict in which hundereds of innocent people, including hundereds of children have already died.
It just serves as another example of sickening propaganda of the american zionist supportive media who should be thoroughly ashamed of this cheap, dirty,  which dances on the graves of dead children and sticks a middle-finger up at the idea of a free and unbiased media.

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By eileen fleming, January 8, 2009 at 6:43 am Link to this comment

Hey Joe,

i can connect you with an actual journalist is Gaza-Sam Habeeb.

I spoke with Sam Habeeb @ 7AM EST today.

Yesterday, he received three death threats against him and his family because of his reporting.

His Report on Day 12 of the attack on Gaza is @

On December 9, 2008, I introduced Sam, my eye witness in Gaza, a twenty-something photo journalist and humanitarian worker with his report of the Music of Nonviolent Resistance Blowin’ outta the Strip

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By PatrickHenry, January 8, 2009 at 4:26 am Link to this comment

Joe finally got that $250,000 job.  He found some zionist media owner willing to pay him for his…..service.

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By KDelphi, January 8, 2009 at 2:27 am Link to this comment

Say its so, Joe! Go!

And dont wear any body armor or magic underwear—youre “protected by god”—and I guess that Palestinians are not….a-hole

Take all of DC with you…

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By skulz fontaine, January 7, 2009 at 10:25 pm Link to this comment

Gaza. Gaza? Would the israeli blitzkrieg on Gaza be considered genocide or gang rape? Inquiring minds want to know.
Gaza Strip, Utah/Nevada

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By bruce radley, January 7, 2009 at 9:51 pm Link to this comment
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Why is it that the screwups get to the top in America?  Why do we pay them so much attention?

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By Reubenesque, January 7, 2009 at 9:41 pm Link to this comment

Gwadalmighty.  Get this guy away from a microphone.  We’ve already learned he can’t get a license to handle a pipe wrench, much less does he posess the acumen to do interviews and in-depth news reporting.  Oh, the conservative pandering to the sound bite driven proletariat.

Joe, why don’t you stick to what you know best?  Tax evasion and politician baiting.

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By Robert, January 7, 2009 at 8:48 pm Link to this comment


G W Bush, Cheney, Condi Rice, Tony Blair, Israeli Politicians, IDF, Bloomberg…CNN. Faux News, NPR and many others.

Someone from AIPAC’s PR team for Israel came up with bringing on the famous “Joe the Plunger” to help out with achieving a glossy picture for Israel and a better PR outcome. AIPAC’s PR team figured out that many Americans already know “Joe the Plunger” and with whatever script he is given to report on for Israel…will in no doubt be helpful with influencing Americans to understand Israel’s so called reasons regarding the heavy Palestinian civilian casualties. 

Most Americans are gullible when it comes to the subject of Israel & its war crimes!

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By BruSays, January 7, 2009 at 7:33 pm Link to this comment

The “Paris Hilton of conservative politics?”


He’s the “Sarah Palin of conservative politics”...a shallow, laughable, and ignorant “fluff” personality tossed in as entertainment fodder (i.e. to increase Corporate Media’s market share) for a shallow, laughable and ignorant electorate.

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By Joe Fattal, January 7, 2009 at 7:15 pm Link to this comment
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Is he serious?. Thousands of people are injured, hundreds are dead, and what they get is a plumber. I hope MAN-OF-LA-SOUR get his bald head stuck in a pipe somewhere.

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By bogglesthemind, January 7, 2009 at 6:37 pm Link to this comment
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Joe, if you need any help packing, I’ll help.

~Artificial Intelligence is no match for natural stupidity. -?

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By Larry Anklam, January 7, 2009 at 5:48 pm Link to this comment
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I noticed that you said, GOD, and not, JESUS!  Mentioning Jesus Christ to the Israelis (the anti-Christ) people will make you an ememy!

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By Fadel Abdallah, January 7, 2009 at 5:14 pm Link to this comment

The airwaves are already inundated with the sickening propaganda of the American Zionist controlled media. Do we need another jackass so-called conservative to add insult to injury!

Get lost you s.o.b. and your bloody sponsors! And may you come back in a coffin!

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