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this is america's punishment for beanie babies and emo, isn't it?
oh john ringo no
Joe The Plumber - In the Line of Fire (Or, First Sign of the Apocalypse, Continued)

“I think media should be abolished from, you know, reporting,” Wurzelbacher said. “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.”

*points* I'd like us all to ponder these words of wisdom. By the Not-Plumber Who Evaded Taxes. And became a reporter. In Israel. About the conflict in Gaza.

Italics aren't making this less insane.

Let's abolish the media completely, free speech is next of course *rolls eyes*. Every time I think this story cannot get more absurd, it does!

Every time I think this story cannot get more absurd, it does!


you don’t know the whole story behind it half the time

The only reason you might know it half the time is because some reporter looked into it!

*so much facepalm*

*rocking back and forth muttering*

Media - he keeps using that word, and I don't think it means what he thinks it means^^

Yeah, I read that earlier and am still facepalming.

I just... really???

Maybe this is a complete RL troll?

Maybe he thinks he's getting back at all those reporters that staked out his house? He's not that bright, this could very well be considered valid reasoning on his part. *is scared*

You know, that is not the worst theory I have heard.

*still fetal position*

I think plumbers should be abolished from, you know, plumbing. Toilets overflowing is hell, and if you're gonna sit there and say, 'well, look at this shit,' well, you don't know the whole story behind that shit, so I think plumbers should have no business in it.


I really have no words for how disgusted I am. Does he even realize he's become a parody of himself?

It's worse than you think, it's been reported here, too. (I may have laughed, just a little).

*whimpers* Where is that? I'm scared to ask.

I'm increasingly convinced that "Joe the Plumber" is indulging in some kind of weird performance art.

Oh, no, wait.

I'm increasingly hopeful that Joe the Plumber is indulging in some kind of weird performance art.

That would make me ridiculously happy.

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Brilliant. It worked for Bush, after all.

Aha! I was waiting for a single moment where I could point and go look! Reality is officially MORE STUPID than comics, and I believe I have it. Right now. /cheered greatly/

Yeah, I think similar coping strategies could be applied as well. I.e. you need to fanwank reality to prevent your head from imploding, and just rewrite these statements in your head to the closest that still makes some sort of internal sense at least. Like, he could have argued that say grassroots reporting would give a better perspective on conflicts than professional mainstream mass medias detached perspective, or attempts to be objective. Or something. Some statement that at least doesn't get the meaning of "media" wrong.

There is not enough facepalm or headdesk in the world for that. Any of it.

*sad* I tried. But then people kept talking about concussions.

Also his word usage isn't all that it could be. Media 'abolished' Abolished???!!

If what he's actually doing is making a point about sound bite journalism and the lack of unbiased, complex, detailed reporting that attempts to encapsulate both sides of any argument - that - isn't the journalists fault. Everything's editedd until it's barely the length of an eyelash. Complicated geopolitical issues don't fit onto the back of a cornflakes packet but that doesn't mean one shouldn't try and make them at all!

That is so awesome. I wish that were true.

I have so much love for the top comment. SO MUCH LOVE.

Maybe Joe can see Isreal from his front porch.


I lost IQ point just by reading that.

Oh, America. *snuggles you*

I don't care. You elected Obama. All is forgiven.

But, um, that guy? He can go away now. That would be JUST FINE.