Mockery of Democracy: Local media choose nonsense over news

Barrow and DugeonSure, the city of Detroit has plunged into bankruptcy. More than 21,000 retirees could lose their pensions. And services for more than 700,000 people are in limbo.

But a more urgent matter was unraveling at Big D’s Barbershop on Saturday afternoon: Perennial mayoral candidate Tom Barrow was getting a haircut. And the barber was none other than Mike Dugeon, a recent write-in candidate who has never voted and is running on a platform of providing free Subway subs, chips and pop.

Dugeon, who otherwise sounds like a cool cat, decided to run after someone pointed out that his name is almost identical to Mike Duggan, a write-in candidate whom Barrow successfuly pushed off the ballot.

Because, you know, nothing is funnier than confusing voters and undermining democracy in a city where the average police response time is nearly an hour, where more than 1,000 arsons aren’t investigated every year and where a residents are disproportionately illiterate.

Saturday was the third day that the media salivated over Mike Dugeon, who recently posted on Facebook that he’s tired of “user ass black bitches” and “this fake ass city full of clowns.”

It’s not news; it’s entertainment.

And it’s a disservice to the overwhelming majority of Detroiters who want a better life – not more media-fueled mockery.

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.