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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: January 9, 2009 @ 1:00 pm

    Joe the War Reporter

    Fiona McCann

    Remember that irritant that was Joe the Plumber? And how it turned out that he didn’t have a license to plumb, as it were? Well, turns out this man can turn a hand to anything! Joe the Versatile is now set to zip off to the Middle East to report on the situation there for a conservative website called pjtv.com – no need for a War Reportin’ license there either, it turns out. “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,” Joe the Obnoxious, whose real name is Wurzelbacher, told an American television station. Perhaps I shouldn’t be so cynical about the prospect of a self-styled ‘Average Joe’ heading off to the Gaza strip to find the real story that every other journalist has been keeping from us. After all, being a Christian, he reckons he’s “pretty well protected by God” he told the television station WNWO. He did acknowledge, however, this didn’t mean God would necessarily “stop a mortar” for him. No need for a reality check there at all, then, clearly.


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