“So this is TMZ”
Samuel Wurzelbacher, or Joe the Plumber, that one guy who got famous in 2008 for criticizing Obama’s small business taxes ranted to POLITICO following an interview on CNN’s Early Start. He accused CNN of being like TMZ and claimed he is “sick of the gossip and drama.”
Joe the Plumber was criticized in the past for comments along the lines of not allowing gay people near his children.
CNN reporter Zoraida Sambolin questioned on the past comment, “Have you changed your positions on this at all?”
“So this is TMZ, this isn’t CNN, is what you’re saying?” Wurzelbacher asked Sambolin.
“Of course it’s CNN! These are things that you said, that I would like to know if you still stand by them or if you have changed your positions on them,” Sambolin added, “Do you stand by these comments?”
“Listen, in my dictionary, and everyone’s dictionary from the 1970s, the word queer did mean strange and unusual. There was no slur to it. Do you challenge that?!” Wurzelbacher asked. After arguing of the context of the question, Wurzelbacher finally concluded, “Come on, you’re trying to do a ‘gotcha’ moment, it’s quite obvious.”
Joe the Plumber vented to POLITICO after the interview,
“There’s real issues to work on. They want to take anything they disagree with me on to use it to twist it and use it to their gain and paint me in a in a light they want to paint me in,” he said. “Let’s … stop with the seventh grade shenanigans.”