Joe the Plumber Laughs at CNN Anchor Who Insists He’s Fair, He’s Not Pro-Obama
By Tim Graham
December 23, 2008 – 13:23 ET
Just before 8 am Eastern time on the Tuesday edition of CNN’s American Morning, anchor John Roberts interview Joe “the Plumber” Wurzelbacher, and something unusual happened. After a battery of questions from Roberts suggesting Joe was throwing John McCain “under the bus,” Joe shot back that the media does that to candidates it supports. Roberts took offense, since “I’m a journalist,” and Joe laughed at that. Roberts insisted Joe should not cast aspersions against him, and Joe said he didn’t mean to attack Roberts personally. (He should have said “I’m sure the Media Research Center has a thick file of your biased remarks.”) Here’s how the exchange went:
ROBERTS: But if you disagreed with some of his policies, why were you out there on the campaign trail supporting him?
WURZELBACHER: Do you agree with every candidate and your candidate’s policies?
ROBERTS: Hey, I’m not out there stumping for anybody, I’m a journalist. (Joe laughs heartily)
WURZELBACHER: I’ll leave that one alone.
ROBERTS: No, seriously.
WURZELBACHER: You know I was out there, I told everybody, Obama’s —
ROBERTS: Excuse me, Joe. Why would you cast aspersions on my journalistic integrity. I don’t even know you?
WURZELBACHER: [Pause] Oh, I wasn’t — you specifically, and in general some of the media, you know is very slanted to the left. You personally, John, I don’t know you, I don’t mean to cast any kind of bad things about you, brother.
ROBERTS: All right.
Oh, please! Is this NOT the same John Roberts who declared CNN a ‘Rev. Wright-Free Zone’ for his Obama interview in May?
CNN’s John Roberts apparently took David Gergen’s advice from last week, and during his interview of Barack Obama on Monday’s “American Morning,” declared out of the gate that he wasn’t going to ask the Democrat from Illinois about his former pastor. “I want to just stipulate at the beginning of this interview, we are declaring a Reverend Wright-free zone today. So, no questions about Reverend Wright. Our viewers want us to move on, so this morning we’re going to move on. Is that okay with you?” Obama reacted favorably to this declaration. “Fair enough. That sounds just fine.”
Yeesh. Nose brown enough, John?
And in case you’re wondering why i would question someone like yu whom I don’t even know, . . . well, I *DO* know you John. You’re just another damned hypocrite, like so many of the other hypocrites on the news any more. You’re the reason the major newspapers are failing; you’re the reasons radio stations are being de-listed from the NYSE for being in junk-bond status; you’re the reason that CNN has gone from being the number one cable news organization to well down into the pack. An also-ran. A has-been.