Media Scrutiny and "Joe the Plumber"
To begin with, I guess the relevance of "Joe the Plumber" to this blog is that he voiced his pride in the job that U.S. soldiers are doing in Iraq. I think this is an attitude out there in America that recognizes the fact that Iraq has turned a corner towards the better for some time now. Thus, the efforts made by some activist reporters at conveying a different, darker image of what's going on in Iraq hasn't fooled everyone. Good.
But what's ridiculous is how much scrutiny "Joe the Plumber" is getting: the media has turned this personal, and they are ever so desperate to cut him down, especially since he seems to be leaning towards McCain. The narrative is downright mean and demeaning; everything goes, with dollops of disdain.
It is a reflex inferred by the notion that anyone who hasn't yet bought into Obama is somehow misguided, even nefarious.
Yet it is odd that when Senator Obama's past is looked at with more scrutiny, some in the media and some of Obama's other surrogates immediately scream "racism" or accuse those asking the questions of distracting 'Joe Public' from the larger issues.
Well, "Joe the Plumber" did ask about one of those "larger issues" but all we seem to be getting is the nitty-gritty of his life-story.