Eric, you wrote:
Indeed, by sending Joe Wurzelbacher to the Middle East, pjtv.com may be taking its assault against the MSM too far. It is sending the message that anyone-which is precisely what “Joe the Plumber” came to symbolize during the 2008 presidential election-can cover the Israeli-Palestinian conflict more competently than the MSM. To be sure, this is an amusing proposition.
I think it’s closer to a proven fact. And considering that Joe–who had “no known qualifications for actually covering” the 2008 election–got straight to the heart of Barack Obama’s worrisome economic disposition (while the MSM weighed in with their chills, thrills, and shivers), it’s hard to imagine a more suitable “anyone” for the job. Frankly, if there’s anything we can afford less of in discussing the Middle East it’s “expertise.” Particularly of the academic variety that gave us the credentialed Walt and Mearsheimer. I, for one, am looking forward to Joe’s perspective.