Joe the Plumber has been in Israel just a couple of days but already he is bringing important info to Americans. And upstaging the professional j-school reporters. Here is a Reuters account:
Covering the conflict for PJTV.com, a U.S. conservative website, Joe Wurzelbacher was in the southern Israeli town of Sderot on Sunday, a target of rockets from the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, and defended Israel's 16-day-old offensive.
"I've seen some very bad press about Israel," said Wurzelbacher, a colorful figure in the U.S. presidential campaign in which defeated Republican John McCain cited the Ohio plumber as an example of someone who would be hurt by Democrat Barack Obama's tax plan.
"Israel is being attacked and they're defending themselves," Wurzelbacher told reporters. His remarks were interrupted by an alert for an incoming rocket which sent him dashing to a concrete shelter. No one was hurt.
When he's not whining that Israel won't let him into Gaza (see here and here and here), McClatchy's Nissenbaum can be counted on to give readers the Hamas line, such as complaints about Israel using phosphorus bombs, or bogus stories about Israeli soldiers firing on ambulances, or Israel refusing to allow dates into Gaza. (I'm not joking about Nissenbaum doing a story on dates -- see it here.)
I can only guess why Nissebaum is in a tizzy over Joe. He might be sneering at Joe the Plumber because Joe didn't go to journalism school. Or, maybe Nissenbaum is worried Joe the Plumber's pro-Israel stance will expose Nissenbaum for being a weasel when it comes to standing up for Israel.
Via Pajamas Media, here is an excellent video of Joe in action:
Video of Joe the Plumber coming under missile attack (free registration required)
Above photo (AP/Moshe Milner) shows Joe the Plumber during a visit to the Israeli city of Sderot.