Joe the Plumber wants to abolish the media

The above video of CNN’s Rick Sanchez lambasting Joe the Plumber’s ridiculous opinion that the media should stop reporting is wonderful. Joe isn’t a journalist, but he’s recently been reporting from Israel on the recent conflict. He isn’t a licensed plumber and his name isn’t Joe, either, but that hasn’t stopped him. When asked how he would deal with the danger of conflict reporting, he appealed to god. “Being a Christian, I’m pretty well protected by God I believe,” he said. “That’s not saying he’s going to stop a mortar for me, but you gotta take the chance.” Now, it turns out, he’s decided the media “should be abolished from, uh, you know, reporting.” I don’t want to give this idiot any more publicity, but his opinions are becoming dangerous.

Sanchez’s comments on CNN work well as a response to any recent criticism of the so-called Main Stream Media (MSM) or newspapers in general. A free press is a foundation of democracy and the erosion of the media’s institutions and traditions, whether through ideology (as is the case here) or the profiteering that’s been destroying small-town newspapers over the past few years, is a danger to our country’s well-being.

It’s no laughing matter that Connecticut lawmaker Frank Nicastro has recently introduced legislation asking for the government to intervene on behalf of struggling newspapers in his constituency. The US would do well to have a media that’s not beholden to profits and who actively investigate local and national government and corporations on behalf of the citizenry. That’s a pie in the sky, unfortunately…

2 Responses to “Joe the Plumber wants to abolish the media”

  1. Patrick

    Talk about having your “nuts“ ripped off and then served to you with nice garnish. Great response.

    Thanks for posting this, it’s a good reminder of how certain people view the media and photojournalists … even in our own backyards.

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