It’s pledge week at Minnesota Public Radio, a time when often they’ll re-run snippets of recent great programming in between shameless begging for money. This morning Kerri Miller’s intellectually chewy daily talkfest Midmorning featured live guests in the first hour, but the second hour featured a kind of virtual sparring between media heavyweights on the topic of advocacy journalism.
John McCain’s “invisible friend,” as Keith Olbermann of MSNBC dubbed him after the debate, was the run away winner last night. I’m talking, of course, about “Joe the Plumber” (AKA Joe Wurzelbacher, an Ohio plumber). John McCain and even Barack Obama mentioned “Joe” 21 times according to the rough estimate of political pundits after the debate. Reuters counted 13 times in the first few minutes of the debate alone.