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Friday, July 11, 2014

A Detroit activist and a TV reporter got into a shouting match on MSNBC Tuesday as they discussed how thousands of the city's residents have been left with no water. In March, the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department announced plans to stop water service for customers who were behind on their bills; since then, it has shut off water for more than 12,000 people, according to The New York Times. Addressing claims by Hank Winchester, a reporter for Detroit's WDIV, Maureen Taylor of the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization said, ""Let me say shame on Hank, shame on him for putting that lie and that mess and that disinformation out on the air. To suggest that people don't want to pay for a water bill is scandalous," Taylor said.

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"What is at stake here is that there are tens of thousands of low-income families who cannot pay rising water bill costs," Taylor continued, "and we've got these reporters out here like this guy that's standing on the side of people who have money."

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He's a twit. She's rude. Good TV.

#1 | Posted by moder8 at 2014-07-11 06:19 PM | Reply | Flag:

That was fun. The local TV reporter makes the mistake of passing along his sources' factual claims as if they were his own. Local reporters shouldn't do that, but it gets them on national cable shows when they couldn't get a better person to represent one side of an argument.

#2 | Posted by rcade at 2014-07-11 06:44 PM | Reply | Flag:

She's rude... ACTUALLY SHE WAS BEING POLITE BUT LETS LOOK INTO THIS...

THE AVERAGE WATER BILL IS $75/MO FOR A family of 4

$150 (2 months) owed before they cutoff the water.

JOE LEWIS ARENA $80,000
FORD FIELD $55,000
GOLF COURSES $400,000
STATE OF MI $5,000,000

TOTAL = $5,535,000 Owed to water company

NOW ASSUME $150 FOR 2 MONTHS OWED CUTOFF

$5,535,00 / $150 = 36,900 FAMILIES

I'D SAY SHE'S RIGHT - BUT AT LEAST OBAMA IS ASKING 3.7 BILLION TO TAKE OF AMERICANS IN NEED...

ooopps sorry -

that money is for illegal aliens for places to stay, beds to sleep on, food and schooling, bus and plane tickets and possibly jobs from large corporations.

If your an American or a Vet, Republicans and Democrats have nothing for you because, you know, we don't have any money in the treasury...

#3 | Posted by Pegasus at 2014-07-11 08:39 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 2

Damn. They should have brought Pegasus on there. Go for it man. Too many people using Detroit as a political football when there are people there who need help.

#4 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2014-07-11 08:44 PM | Reply | Flag:

"it has shut off water for more than 12,000 people"

Detroit is home to 600,000++ people. The Detroit metro area 5.2 million people. I am surprised that the number is that small.

#5 | Posted by SammyAZ_RI at 2014-07-11 09:02 PM | Reply | Flag:

Peg is correct...many large commercial deadbeats along with a huge amount of slum landlords. The water and sewage rates have increased recently so that adds to the political mess. The city is broke but the utility is in the black.

#6 | Posted by mutant at 2014-07-11 09:30 PM | Reply | Flag:

The real story is that the EPA is making cities raise rates.

Its not getting reported Because its Obama doing it.

The EPA has no business setting local rates but they will fine the city if they dont raise them. Its Obama hurting democrats that voted for Obama.

#7 | Posted by tmaster at 2014-07-12 01:49 PM | Reply | Flag:

I feel sorry for the landlords, They will stop paying their rent now, what isn't covered by the voucher, and just cause the toilet don't flush don't mean they're going to stop crapping...
Get ready with the bulldozers.

#8 | Posted by FlyUntied at 2014-07-12 08:02 PM | Reply | Flag:

7. Why did rates go up before Obama? The CIA?

#8. Why wait? Call in the D8s now.

#9 | Posted by mutant at 2014-07-13 12:43 AM | Reply | Flag:

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