1:00pm PT by THR Staff
'Joe the Plumber' Compares CNN, Left Wing Media to Tabloid Journalism (Video)
After a combative interview with CNN’s Early Start host Zoraida Sambolin earlier this month, Republican nominee for Congress Samuel Wurzelbacher aka Joe the Plumber says the liberal media is out to get him.
In an email to prospective campaign donors on Friday, Wurzelbacher, who narrowly won the Ohio primary, railed against the media’s mistreatment of him and his campaign.
“Since winning my primary earlier this month, the media has made it their number one mission to discredit my candidacy and annihilate my character,” he writes. “I've been painted as a bigot, told I'm not qualified to serve in Congress, and lectured on live TV as if I'm a schoolboy in the principal's office.”
The statement sent to the conservative newsletter Personal Liberty Digests’ mailing list seems directed specifically to CNN and Sambolin. Its subject is “CNN attacks conservative candidate” and features a screenshot from the interview.
In the interview earlier this month, Zambolin asked Wurzelbacher what qualifies him to hold a position in congress and then brought up statements he had made in a 2006 interview with Christianity Today in which he defended his use of the word “queer” for gay people and goes on to say he wouldn’t have any gay people “anywhere near his children.”
“I'm sick of the gossip, the tabloid journalism, and the ‘gotcha’ questions the left wing media has designed to trap us in trivial dialogues about issues that have absolutely no relevance with the matter at hand: putting Americans back to work,” he writes. “Go ahead and disagree with me all you want on the social issues. But when it comes to creating jobs, lowering taxes and getting rid of the regulations that are strangling our economy -- let's have an honest conversation.”
Wurzelbacher first captured America’s attention when he confronted Barack Obama at a town hall meeting during his 2008 presidential campaign. John McCain then adopted him during his campaign calling him his “secret weapon.”
CNN did not immediately respond to THR’s request for comment.
Watch the contentious interview below.