is none of the above.
By now we’ve all heard that McCain’s “Joe the Plumber”:
- isn’t a licensed plumber
- won’t pay more under Obama’s tax plan
- his business doesn’t earn close to $250K/year
- isn’t even named Joe
It reminded me of something, but I couldn’t put my finger on it till this morning when 30,000 demonstrated in Baghdad against the US occupation, with the encouragement of the man inevitably described in US media as “anti-American cleric Moqtada Al Sadr“. So this might be the perfect time to point out that Al Sadr:
- is not anti-American
- is not a cleric
- is strongly pro-democracy
- led the unilateral cease fire that’s made Iraq more peaceful, saving American lives
In short, the only thing our press has been reporting correctly are his popularity and his name.