Instead of questioning President Barack Obama about the intelligence and security failures that led to the deaths of four diplomatic personnel in Libya Tuesday, the media has focused its ire on a California private citizen.
The filmmaker allegedly behind the YouTube clip known as “Innocence of Muslims,” known as “Sam Bacile,” has had his real identity outed by the press. Reporters hounded those involved with the video’s production and matched up the man’s cell phone number with a previous interview subject who denied directing the movie.
Reuters photographer Lucy Nicholson took photographs of the man’s home and his car, including his license plate number and closeups of possessions in the front seat, and they have been published by Yahoo News as of this writing. News agencies have further exposed the man’s criminal history and past financial issues.
Sam “Joe” Wurzelbacher became a household name for asking a question of presidential candidate Obama that yielded an embarrassing answer. Immediately, the press began digging for dirt on the man, who came to be known as “Joe the Plumber” — and received it, thanks to an improper database search from an Ohio state official.