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January 9, 2009

Joe the Journalist Goes to Gaza

Joe "The Plumber" Wurzelbacher, told a television station that he plans to report from the Middle East for www.pjtv.com, a conservative Christian Web site, for 10 days.

"Being a Christian I'm pretty well protected by God I believe," Wurzelbacher said. "That's not saying he's going to stop a mortar for me, but you gotta take the chance."

Wurzelbacher became famous after John McCain referred to him several times in a presidential debate in October. The plumber's move coincidentally comes shortly after he released a new book.

"I get to go over there and let their "Average Joes" share their story, what they think, how they feel, especially with world opinion, maybe get a real story out there," Wurzelbacher told the station.


The pen is mightier than the sword.

- Everything in Christianity has been stolen from religions predating it by hundreds to thousands of years.

Joe's willingness to trust God as he places himself in a dangerous situation is laudable, but he cannot be called a journalist. No doubt there will be an appreciative audience for the observations of an untrained, "average Joe," but when you send an ideologue to cover a story, you aren't doing news. That's true whether the ideology comes from the right OR from the left. CT does a great job melding a Christian viewpoint with professional journalism, but that doesn't seem to be true of pjtv.