Detroit activist blasts local TV reporter on MSNBC

Update: WDIV reporter fends off vitriolic attacks, says video was edited.

A Michigan activist fighting massive water shutoffs in Detroit called out a local TV reporter for questionable comments he made during an MSNBC segment.

Maureen Taylor, state chairwoman of the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization, accused WDIV’s Hank Winchester of trying to minimize the crisis by suggesting that some customers have the means to pay but refuse.¬†Winchester also said the water department has been working with customers to avoid the shutoffs, which by most accounts is not true.

“To suggest that people don’t want to pay their water bill is scandalous,” Taylor said.

“There are tens of thousands of low-income families who can’t afford their rising water costs.”

The city has already shut off water to more than 4,500 residents and sent out notices to 46,000 others.

Winchester said the original segment was eight-minutes long and included him defending Detroiters who are unable to pay for water bills. He said the truncated video was created by supporters of Taylor.

Taylor said she’d return to the show if Winchester wasn’t involved, saying he “doesn’t know what the hell he’s talking about.”

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.

  • SL8ROOF

    Yes, water is a human right. Take your bucket down to the riverfront and take as much as you want. Get a rain barrel attached to your gutters. If you want purified and treated water piped to your home, then you have to pay your bill. Those who are truly in need have a way to get aid; the problem is that there are way too many who have the money to pay but would rather spend it on booze and lottery tickets.

  • AveNu Iamthegrind

    I like Dave Buster. Those bold perspectives you give are needed in today’s world of lazy, entitled blacks; especially those clowns in Detroit begging for people like you to take care of them. You should show up for an interview with that idiotic activist so folks like yourself and Mr. Winchester don’t get made out to look like impartial morons on live television by some ignorant black woman. Or at least show your face on your profile and not hide behind a keyboard like those bigots that learn and analyze with their mouths and preconceptions instead of their brains and 1st hand accounts.
    I’m sure Mr. Winchester didn’t fabricate anything or attempt to undermine the situation as a whole, even though he didn’t contest any of the clearly emotional points Mrs. Taylor presented nor attempt to correct any of his alleged fabrications. Hopefully I can find the actual, unedited full interview on Mr. Winchester’s website because I’d like to see this woman that doesn’t know what she’s talking about make more of a fool out of herself but I can’t find the full interview ANYWHERE. Her activist supporters must be the illuminati because they are really making him look stupid.
    Oh, and look up ‘sarcasm’ in the meantime because, you know, you’re a fucking idiot.

    • Dust Buster

      semi well played, homie. you are a credit to the activists and the non bill payers please tell us how much money and time you have invested in getting water to these dying folks you so stronly cry out for.

      as usual, you aint done shit have you?

      • AveNu Iamthegrind

        Aww, great ‘Winchester’-style response; not addressing any the welafe queens at the golf course or State of Michigan or the other lazy, black companies that owe MILLIONS of dollars to the water department that have been delinquent for years and getting free water as opposed to the ignorant folks you cry out so strongly against that are getting theirs disconnected for $ 150 of debt. You probably have smoking gun evidencethat every last one of the mistreated residents have chosen to pay their cable bill or buy some sneakers rather take care of their bills, don’t you?
        If you believe ANY of the nonsense you’ve been spewing, um, wouldn’t giving bringing these degenerates water out of my own pockets be giving them a handout??? Common sense would tell me, if you believe any of the nonsense you spew of course, that that’s what makes them lazy and entitled and waiting on great Americans like yourself to take care of them. Not really a solution is it? I guess I can also assume, since its the only response and solution you could apparently give me, that haven’t gone down there to bring them any water or assistance; as it would make you a full on hypocrite. And that beckons the question: Since you feel this is a problem, have you done anything to stop the activists or make those folks feel responsible for everything that’s happened or even help your buddy Hank develop an accurate analysis to keep these people from receiving my undeserved empathy? Aside commenting on Muckrucker of course. Probably haven’t done shit right?
        A large majority of Detroit citizens, being in the situation they’ve been in for so long, are literally raised with the mentality of giving back to the community infused into their way of thinking, their way of life. You don’t see that on the news, and you certainly won’t see it being afraid to go there without a police escort holding your hand. So yes young man, like so many other Detroit citizens, I have done plenty while listing them all for someone who’s given more than enough proof that they see life and people with their previous misconceptions already set in stone would be one of the silliest things I’ve ever done.
        Ooh, maybe Winchester will do a report on that next??! That would kick ass and maybe help counter the many negative stereotypes that statements like his and folks like yourself spread so easily.
        Attempting to counter the ignorance and overall mentality of folks such as yourself, on even the smallest platform, is one thing that helps a bit. Mainly because your type of bullshit narrative plays a much larger role in preventing cities like Detroit from ‘getting over the hump’ than you and your kind would like to acknowledge. Even if a young Detroiter reads this and feels pride that someone would come to their defense rather than judge for hundreds of miles away, that is definitelysomething. I wish I could sway hearts and enlighten every kind but I realize that the force is strong within you and you’d rather be hanged than to open your mind enough to let a little bit of light shine through.
        But thats not my job, I just try when I can. I just hope you understand that while I know you’ve decided the fates of 1000s of individuals you may never even attempt to meet, we all love you.
        Get that hate out your fingertips. Or at least bring to a town hall or urban community near you so it could be properly addressed. You’ve missed out on your opportunity to say anything with substance to me, so I’ll be signing off and going back to life and love. I pray you have the courage to do the same. Peace

        • Dust Buster

          you lost me about 1/3 of the way through. hard enough to read with no breaks or paragraphs for one thing. but the bi-polarity and mental hopscotch sealed if for me. but yeah whatever you said is correct, winchester is a meanie head klansman for what he said and every single person that doesnt pay their water bill are 3 returnable bottles from starvation and slavery and racism caused all of it. oh yes and the koch brothers, george bush and fox news

          • AveNu Iamthegrind

            Yayy!! More legitimate arguments!! Lol did an adamant user of the word ‘ain’t’ who can’t capitalize sentences just ‘correct’ my grammar? You… are… A-DORABLE!!!(and adamant means insistent btw) I’ll keep it short this time; trust I didn’t expect you to be able to able to follow much of it, if you read much of anything we wouldn’t be having this convo. I’m just impressed that you could guess exactly what I said from only a third of it.
            The truth is I’m sorry I upset you, I thought you were actually attempting to say something but i see you’re just pretty sad. Wasn’t trying to be bipolar (bi-polarity isn’t a word, just like ain’t), it’s just your bs doesn’t upset me as much as my common sense upsets you. So I can smile at a dumbass. It’s easy
            I have no response for ‘mental hopscotch’. That was hilarious. I have to say: you really should read more though, cause blacks don’t read and you do NOT wanna be like one of them- trust me.
            Ok, I’m sorry, I really do quit this time. Don’t be mad at me, I really do think you’re pretty cool. Keep fighting the good fight brother

          • Dust Buster

            you didnt upset me. you bored me. you may be a smartie pants under dps standards.

            “bi-polarity isn’t a word”

            bipolarity. bipolar. of, pertaining to, or found at both polar
            regions. characterized by opposite extremes, as two conflicting
            political philosophies.

            now pull ya draws up and run along

          • AveNu Iamthegrind

            Hey, you CAN read! Thanks though! I literally had no idea what bipolar meant until you just said that. I knew it was something about you, because I am clueless about which ‘philosophies’ I presented conflicted with another in the third of my reply that you almost read lol
            You must feel a certain way about some n-word (I never understood why racists never just come out and call us niggers, must be a pussy thing) being able to completely demean you intellectually that would also slap the shit out you if he wanted without consequence. I’ve personally never been that soft, so I can’t relate. Sorry for that
            Shouldn’t you be on a blog somewhere complaining about how Obamacare is a secret conspiracy to shrink white men’s dicks or something? Drink some warm milk and have someone tuck you in. It’s pretty late.

            And it’s ‘drawers’ lol, not draws. That’s the last time I’ll help you ATTEMPT to insult me. You’re on your own from now on…

          • AveNu Iamthegrind

            I just realized you said smartie pants lmao

          • AveNu Iamthegrind

            Wow, this is the quietest you’ve been since you learned to type lol. I thought racists always have a response, regardless of how imbecilic. I’m disappointed man, we had something going; you were my first racist.
            Don’t worry, you guys will get ‘your’ country back just as soon as that monkey steps down from office and lets a true American back in. I hope you’re not setting a cross up on some poor darkie’s lawn with lighter fluid. We know how your kind gets when you run out of insults…

  • drkcaj

    Grandma Freebe thinks its all for free-welcome to the great American Mooch-same folks pay their cable TV bill or else but King Barack gives them free cell phones so why not free water. Its a basic right not to smell bad!

  • Amanda

    Poster child Nicole Hill owes over $5500 on her water bill and didn’t pay it because she felt $300 a month “was too high”. It wasn’t just “shut off”. “The average water usage per household in Detroit is $74.00 per month, according to the DWSD. Shut-off notices are issued after a balance of $150.00 remains unpaid.” Now let me see one of the people from the suburbs defending this situation stop paying their water bill
    and act the same way.

    • Dust Buster

      i didnt see her but was she in tattered clothes, messy hair and chewed up finger nails sitting on a lawn chair in her living room with no tv?

  • Gregory Creswell

    Let me get this straight, she-Maureen Taylor-is the chairwoman of this state’s “Welfare Rights Organization”, welfare rights, welfare rights, when did it become a “right” to be a parasite. To have a right to live off of someone else. To be a leech off of the producers. The proper name of the group should be “Michigan Parasite Organization”.

  • J.S.S

    Hanks an idiot especially when his job is to find out the facts and report them NOT get on national TV and say they are not paying because they rather have cable over water.

    • Dust Buster

      lets play idiots bet for a moment. do a bit of research and see how many people “paid” their bill when it got shut off? i think you would be shocked to know that a lot of people did. thats called risk reward or carrot and stick.

      and i would bet an entire years pay that the line to pay was not filled with folks in torn clothes, skinny as a somalian and no shoes on their feet. you are lumping the “faux-poor” in with the “real poor” hank made more sense in 30 seconds than that activist made the entire time she yapped.

      this might shock you but in many places, winning a debate isnt accomplished by talking faster, louder and name calling

      • J.S.S

        Your correct facts do not lie and the “SENSE” he so called made doesnt add up to the facts and this is why federal government is about to step in as well because of the preassure of the facts that those activist stand on. Its so clear to those wanting justice but for those who hinder progress and mis-inform the masses i can see why doing the right is a little confusing. All Hank accomplished was to show the nation he still needs work on becoming a real reporter. Also a documentary on Netflix shows the truth about whats going on in detroit as well as several other cities in michigan for example, out of the mouth of a Representative appointed by the governor and sent to detroit, the local government failed the people and tried to balance budget by putting the cost on the people and increase revenue by almost doubling water bills and in some cases charging when the meter wasnt even on. The majority of those who couldnt pay and cant pay are on fix incomes, already on assistance, elderly and who have disabilities. Yes with anything of this magnitude you will have your bad apples and idiots like Hank want the nation to focus on the few while the activist are fighting for the majority. So again Hank like many so called reporters are part of the problem just to get ratings but hell i guess its worth selling your soul to the devil for 30 peices of gold

  • Calvin St James

    Why in the hell should anyone have to pay for water? Is the question all of us should be asking.

    • Dust Buster

      is oil and gas free in the middle east? if not why isnt it?

  • Gerard Simon

    So because some people may be unable to pay their bills & they don’t respond to multiple overdue & shut off notices and they take no personal responsibility in seeking alternative funding – you would put the entire water delivery system at risk…

    I find that shortsighted & detrimental to the city’s well being & survival

    • Azzaam Abdul-Hakeem

      Wrong most people have had no notices and many have had water shut off before the deadlines and proof with documents has been provided, also, US in 1950s signed International Law on Access to Clean Drinking Water, this means its illegal and a International Crime to shut down water entirely, you can shut off hot water that is fine but not cold water as well. Like all other civilised places they refuse to shut both cold and hot off due to International obligations, America is NOT above International Law nor its own Constitutional Law. Also, if non payment is the issue why have 30,000 businesses who have equally not paid in Detriot been allowed to keep water running, why is it one rule for the rich who just refuse to pay up and one rule for the poor who cannot pay up??? You people who care for dollars and profits over American lives are traitors, fake patriots are selfserving scum.

      • Dust Buster

        im totally with you. how do you feel about the steven utash situation?

  • rhoneyman

    day-am! piss ‘n vinegar. she’s ok in my book.

    • Dust Buster

      in some circles you travel in, yes. in most civilized bill paying circles she would be known as a malcontent gimmedat that doesnt want to pull her wagon herself.

      but yes she is all in if the wb network comes back and they need a character of an angry old black lady that yells bullshit for some sitcom. maybe tyler perry can use her in another brilliant show called tyler perry’s black folks bitching about stuff and acting out stereotypes

      • Azzaam Abdul-Hakeem

        Only in America, when it comes to the civilised West no other nation does total water cut offs because it Violates our duties under International Law governed by the UN, America is no different for 60 years water has been a right.

        You are a traitor and someone who cares more for profits than people. You dont care that in Detriot most people cut off were cut off before the deadline on their bills (Contractual violation by the City), also, you dont care how 30,000 businesses owned by rich folk who refused to pay bills kept their water running, but the poor who cant afford to pay the bill get theirs shut off, why do rich who refuse get more rights and chances than the poor who cant pay??

        Also, I would love to see the UN sanction the city, freeze assets of the cities water companies and keep it that way until they are forced to comply to International Law and turn back the cold water at least.

        I hope if this does not happen the UN does that which, it has been given power by the Allies after the War and all civilised nations since then, that is the power to issue International Arrest Warrants and International Travel Bans on American officials. America is NOT above International Law and even your closest allies Britain have had enough of America far right arrogance. Its why we flexed our muscle an stopped your War in the name of al Qaeda in Syria when the British Army im a member off refused orders by the British Political elite forcing a vote by the Opposition to be called which, stopped you in your tracks. God damn America im glad I live where people are light years more civilised than you lot of baffoons.

  • queenie1

    Channel 4 reporters always likes to go the “shame shame” route when reporting any story They huff and puff and their vocal inflections transmit their disapproval of whoever they’ve chosen to be the “bad people” in their news pieces. Seems ironic to me that some people from the United States are trying hard to help those in Africa have clean water in order to survive, but people who do have MONEY in our area here don’t seem to think it’s a necessity at all! Too bad it’s not your child who would be living in a house with no flushing toilets, no drinking water and nothing to bathe with. Might change those funky attitudes.

    • Dust Buster

      given your choice of names i bet you are one of the scofflaws. also, comparing africa with detroit in this instance is moot. go there sometime and se how fast you want to jump a plane back. some of those people have it tough as hell. you should be ashamed and the only thing you have in common with blacks in africa is melanin.

      they really dont have water. you have it you just dont want to pay. you can walk to the corner and buy bottles of water. they cant

  • Hank Winchester

    Unfortunately, the interview posted has been edited down by supporters of the activist from 8 minutes to 3 minutes. We have covered this story from all angles since April and many of those reports can be found on our website.

    • Dust Buster

      well they didnt edit it enough. you were calm and mentioned both angls. she looked like a fool and spoke over you as expected. im sure the video in its entity would make her look even more foolish. many activists are too emotional to debate. they ratchet up the rhetoric and the volume thinking if you yell louder an dont take a breath…. you won.

      it plays well to certain demographics. but, it usually results in zero solution. that is unless you call hitting up the productive people once again to fund the dysfunctional lifestyle of others

    • Thomas C. Pedroni

      Hank, do you have a link to the full interview? I would love to check it out, and will watch in good faith.

    • Shame on you Hank for the false scandals you and the rich will have to answer come judgement day!

      • Dust Buster

        what did jesus say about lazy, sloth and gluttony?

        because if you are seriously worried about judgement day you better tell the heffers and ghetto manatees that want free water that they better clip those fake ass 3 inch nails, toss that purple weave and drop about 200 pounds before that judgement day.

        • Azzaam Abdul-Hakeem

          Read the Temple Mount Sermon he called the money changers, the interest chargers and those who operate business on the Sabbath (sun down friday night to sun down saturday night) as being like their father Satan. You Capitalists are Satanic according to Jesus (pbuh) in the Gospels of the New Testament Bible. Jesus promoted wealth redistribution, he said the poor should receive the basics they need in life to survive without conditions, America does not provide this, like MLK said America has lost her spirit and it will be God damn America and God will give his power to a nation that does not even know his name (China) and he will smash the back bone of American power. That is happening whether you yanks like it or not.

          You follow the religion of Capitalism and Usury, you dont follow the religion of Jesus Christ son of Mary the Messiah of man.

          • BT Shelton

            Huh?

          • ProfCon

            Well, I guess those evil, satanic water company people need to stop supplying water after sundown Saturday. And, by the way, if there is an Escalade in the driveway, there is money for paying the water bill. It’s a matter of choice Azzaam…..the wrong choice. Take that to the UN Mr. Hot water.

          • ProfCon

            Well, I guess those evil, satanic water company people need to stop supplying water after sundown Saturday. And, by the way, if there is an Escalade in the driveway, there is money for paying the water bill. It’s a matter of choice Azzaam…..the wrong choice. Take that to the UN Mr. Hot water.

        • Reginald Richardson

          Wow really. How do you go from “paying water bills” to spewing items of perceptual practice ( in other words relating your personal perceived notions). This is unreal. I can’t believe what I am seeing some of you people posting on here!

        • AveNu Iamthegrind

          Lmao

    • Gadsden

      Keep up the fight to get the truth out Hank. Good job.

    • Bill Campbell

      Agree.. Pay your bills or payment plan… crazy .. Good job Hank

      • Azzaam Abdul-Hakeem

        What about those who received no warnings and who had their water cut off before the deadline for bill payment was up? thats a breach of contract by the scum Corporations and therefore, is a criminal offense and the Corporations should be forced to pay up, also, if non payment is the issue why have 30,000 businesses in Detriot who have also, not paid been allowed to keep their water but not poor families, end of the day the US is a signatory to International Global Law, it has no right to totally cut off water to the poor, it does have a right to cut off hot water, but not cold, that violates Human Rights, violates Constitutional Rights to be free of unusual and cruel punishment and it is a violation of the Treaties regarding clean access to water for the poor. Even in Africa they dont have to pay water bills when the UN goes in, it gives free water wells. Those of you who care more for dollars than Americans make me sick.

        Im glad I live where if you cant afford to pay the bill, you only get hot water cut off not both hot and cold.

        • Dust Buster

          really? i dont use dwsd for my home but a few properties are on detroit water. im going to just stop paying that bill and send them a note that a guy told me its a constitutional right not to pay it and if they persist or turn me over to collection i will threaten them with a visit from the united nations blue helmets.

          i’ll let you know how that works. btw, will you represent me in court if it gets that far? im also thin king that lighting is a human right that is protected in the constitution. if i cant see i could get scared. that would or could make someone feel anxiety.

          its also well known that long terms of darkness can make people sad, look it up. so if i can get a doctors note to staple to my dte bill that i am not paying, they will also forgive the debt and or get me on that hook up program where taxpayers will square me up with dte.

          you know, im thinking transportation is also a human right. if i cant go to the store or a restaurant i could starve. im going to………………

        • Ken Shultz

          The water company does not supply “hot” water. That’s provided by your own water heater. Are you really that ignorant?

    • Matt

      And yet you still sounded cool, calm, and collected — as opposed to Ms. Taylor.

      • Azzaam Abdul-Hakeem

        if your water was turned off an if you cared for your fellow people and your town had water cut off while the businesses who not paid for water keep their water with no shut off’s you would be pissed off too, people die within 3 days of not drinking water, we are 80% water in make up to deprieve water is not only violation of Constitutional Law, its a violation of International UN Law that the American Nation is signatory too, I hope the UN seizes Corporation and city assets until it complies with international law and turns back on the cold water atleast. I hope if this continues the UN puts out International Arrest Warrants for the Capitalist filth who place dollars above American lives. What treasonous filth to put a piece of paper created by man, above the man who created it.

        • BT Shelton

          Azzaam, if you want the U.N. to accomplish all these takeovers they will need to petition President Obama for even MORE money from American taxpayers to fund this.
          You see, it’s American taxpayers, the folks you called “Capitalist filth” and “treasonous filth”, who pay for the U.N.

      • Reginald Richardson

        Cool calm and collected doesn’t indicate good intentions.

    • Azzaam Abdul-Hakeem

      End of the day America is a signatory to UN Conventions, therefore it has to abide by them, they come first before the Constitution and as such the poor are not allowed to have total water cut off, you can cut off hot water to people but not cold water, that is a breach of Intenational Law and to side with money grabbing vultures, capitalists shows you have NO care for humanity, no care for fellow Americans and you only give a damn about the Editors wishes at your propaganda outlet you call media.

      I hope the UN sanctions the US States involved, I hope it freezes monetary assets until water is switched back on and if it continues, I hope they place International Arrest Warrants for the filth who put dollars before mother and children.

      • BT Shelton

        Too much coffee this morning?

      • Dust Buster

        dude, as a sovereign man born free, i reject the united nations out of hand. where in the us constitution does it enumerate or outline the united nations power over the united states? besides the united nations is a joke and my taxes have gone there to purchase expensive office furniture or buy an underage hooker in the phillipines for some disgusting creep form a 3rd world country.

        since the fruits of my labor has been confiscated, and i get nothing in return. that is taxation without representation if we want to get all legally and stuff.

        • mark a clark

          the u.n. may not be mentioned in the u.s. constitution but then neither
          was any other treaty/agreement signed signed by the u.s. since 1789.
          your duely elected representatives enacted laws authorizing the
          government to be a member nation of the u.n. so, the constitution did
          authorize joining the u.n. by giving congress the authority to make
          laws. The same as it authorized the bill of
          rights, the irs, the epa, the era, and any of the other numerous laws
          passed by congress and not declared unconstitutional by the supreme
          court. just because you don’t recognize the u.n. don’t mean crap. go
          out and shoot someone in the head and then tell the cops that come to
          arrest you that you don’t recognize their laws. by your reasoning the geneva convention, nato, social security, states
          admitted to the union after 1789, and any other law, treaty, or
          agreement after 1789 is unconstitutional. unfortunately, anarchy does
          not rule yet. the weak and weak minded would be weeded out in short
          order. the poor and disenfranchised greatly outnumber the rich and their
          lap dogs such as the media, the police, and people like you that are
          two paychecks away from having your water shut off. the only difference
          between you and the people you hate is two weeks of servitude to your
          masters.

          • Dust Buster

            first i would like to say that you went way too far and over-thought that response. also, you need to use some of your excess i.q. and take a few sarcasm comprehension courses.

            lastly, i would be will to bet you my next to paychecks, along with my other investment checks would allow me to hold on longer than you will once the shit hits the fan.

          • J.S.S

            Yeah Dust Buster, thats what i would of came back with if someone just put me in my place and proved to me i was clueless about something I spoke on but didnt know what the hell i was talking about. Great comment Mark a Clark

          • Dust Buster

            are you also an activist or an aspiring rapper?

    • adam

      You sounded awful Hank – just speaking for the rich. Disgusting and embarassing.

      • Dust Buster

        can you please give us the name of the organization you started to hand deliver bottled water or handing over prepaid debit cards to those affected?

        i mean you did do that already…right?

    • Guest

      Hank, you spread this narrative of people paying for cable tv over water with nothing to go on other than an anecdote of “we’ve heard stories.”

      That’s not enough to mention it as a part of the problem. And that’s why she was in the right to tear you up. This is the Reagan “Welfare Queen” narrative all over again. Thanks for that, ass.

  • Gary

    I don’t understand why these videos getting chopped up and edited. Why don’t you just post the entire video?

    • Geoff HdDreams Block

      i feel you but when in life do you get the full story?? news never does it… not even a preview for a tv show or movie lol…

      • BT Shelton

        Sadly, we’ve reached the point where we no longer expect news organizations to tell the truth.

    • BT Shelton

      Gary, I believe it’s called “shaping the narrative”. If “they” showed the whole segment you might form your own conclusions instead of falling in lockstep with the author’s agenda.

  • doaskdonttell

    Puhlease… the city has been more than generous in neglecting to collect from those who do not pay. The are also more than generous to enter into payment arrangements for delinquent water and tax bills. There are some people in the city who have gone years without paying. And while I recognize the water rates go up, they go up exponetentionally in the suburbs.

    • Dust Buster

      good point but you have to be careful to inject logic and common sense into this debate. some people think water is a right. some people think they need to get it for free and that other people should pay. end of story. debate closed. ms taylor proved that

      • Azzaam Abdul-Hakeem

        Some people like you value dollars over American lives you selfservative traitor you fakriot. I hope you choke on money and God sends you to hell fire for violating His wishes and His demands to give the poor the basics they need to live without condition. Profits are not more important than the Prophets.

        • BT Shelton

          Azzaam, I’ve never heard anyone called a “selfservative traitor fakriot”.
          Did you mean “self serving conservative traitor fake patriot”.
          Dude, that rocks; kinda like pig Latin, huh?

        • Dust Buster

          are you one of those crazy moors or that original man kookie religion that jay z is into? im not religious per-se so once i get proof from someone that there is a lake of hell fire i will start to get skeered.

          btw sounds like your god can be pretty mean and cantankerous.

    • Azzaam Abdul-Hakeem

      So why does it refuse to turn off water to the Corporations the 30,000 businesses who have not paid their bills, why do the rich keep their water for non payment the poor get nothing, sorry 60 years ago America signed UN International Laws into American Federal Law and the Constitutional Law, also, bans the complete shut off, of water, it violates Human Rights, it violates Rights to Clean Water, it violates the Right to be free of cruel and unusual punishment, even over here in the UK when the poor cant afford the bills they only turn off hot water in compliance with International Law. This prevents disease outbreak, which, if it starts in Detriot it will spread to your affluent communities no matter how gated off they are.

      You who value dollars before American lives are actually traitors to America, your FAKE Patriots and your nothing more than Selfservatives like the Repiglicans and Liebertarians and Dumbocraps. Your 3 Corporation Parties.

      Stop sucking up to the rich and start caring for the majority of Americans who no matter how hard they work will NEVER be rich or millionaires, the Meritocracy has failed entirely.

  • Fige Bornu

    When did the so-called “free press” start speaking for the govt and corporations? It’s a scam. This reporter had no standing to be a part of his interview.

    • Dust Buster

      yes we need just one side to this debate. we should have had ms taylor yelling into a mirror that free water is a god given right. she could keep yelling it into the mirror until everyone cheered and yelled. then she could hold up an afsme printed sign that said snyder stole the water.

      now thats a great debate. get one sides idea out there and keep yelling it. does wc3 offer a masters in activism or do i need to go to wayne?

    • Dust Buster

      but some unemployed gimmedat activist has a higher moral calling to demand others pay for shit that others dont want to pay for because they have fucked up priorities?

      10-4 good buddy

  • Al Block

    She is rude.

  • KindredAmy

    Individual liberties are violated when anyone demands that money be taken from some, and given to others – especially when it’s systematized through government force. Give an inch, and they take a mile. Why stop with water bills? People “need” a lot of things – but it is not cruel to suggest they find some dignity in earning it themselves. It’s crueler to suggest they are at someone else’s mercy, and are incapable of growing as smart, industrious people.

    • Gerard Simon

      I don’t agree – potable water is a human right & should be treated as such

      The issue here though is that the responsibility for providing this resource does not rest solely on the Water Board OR on the State

      A significant responsibility rests on those who say they cannot pay — & that’s all I’m asking….

      • Danielle Hensley

        Keyword “solely” …the city of Detroit has leaking infrastructure, from many reports. I would be hesitant to pay a water bill if I was struggling to do so and my bill may be inflated. I am sure they don’t have plenty of workers to check those meters and pipes for every request they could be getting.

        However….why stop there? Why not charge people for procuring their own clean air too, in the event that we dirty it up. People used to be able to go to their own rural wells and get potable water. Not so in Ohio, WV, PA….every week there is a new water quality alert.

        Some responsibility is on an entity other than the individual for the cleaning of at least previously clean wells, if not all water sources. No one is suggesting that clean, wonderful water should be free all the time…but no one should be forced to buy bottles from Nestle either. Our “government” is supposed to protect people (our water and air health) and maintain our infrastructure.

  • HankReardon

    Obviously, the suburbs need to subsidize the water and sewer bills for all Detroit residents. Every suburban address should be paired up in a “buddy system” with a Detroit address, and take care of the bill directly. Then this activist can move on to other grievances.

    • Dust Buster

      awesome idea!!! maybe sally fields or samuel jackson can run ads to sponsor a water bill victim. then we could have a call in show like jerry lewis telethon and us suburban folks can call in and choose what gimmedat we want to sponsor.

      actually scratch that. john conyers is on the case. he will be up around 2pm for oatmeal and meds. there is about a 20 minute window where he can mumble and sign some things with the help of his intern, maurice. then he will pump his fist and yell reparations for the nation. he will usually ask who turned the heat down then he will fall asleep till around 9 pm

      but hey make sure you vote for him this fall. he has a lots of ideas he didnt get around to talking about for the last 90 years

  • Raciel Fernandez

    Water is a human right. Period.

    • Gerard Simon

      Yes it is – for all of us – but how does that water get to us? Do we take a bucket to the river? Or do we depend on a complicated & expensive system of delivery.

      In what world does it make sense that we assume that all who do not pay – just don’t have to.

      Do they have any responsibility at all to mitigate their situation – call someone, go somewhere, seek assistance…

      • Guest

        The river is polluted. If you want to tell someone with no water to take a bucket to a river, I hope they put you in the bottom of it as well.

  • Raciel Fernandez

    Love her! What a tool that Hank.

    • BT Shelton

      A Steve’s dittohead fanclub member…

  • Tammy Barbour

    She did a great job. Thanks for sharing this Steve. Love what you have done with the place!

    • BT Shelton

      Awww… Steve, you got’s another dittohead.

  • Dust Buster

    maybe the headline should read “detroit activist makes ass of herself on tv”

    seriously what does it take to be an “activist?” in most cases they are people that i see bitching about something and their solutions is almost ALWAYS giving someone else money to some other group to “FIX” their problem.

    her claim that people cant afford water and that any suggestion that some people just dont pay it because they have previously been able to get away with not paying it…..is 100% bullshit and ignorance on her part. in fact i would further state that she isnt ignorant of the fact she just chooses to be intellectually dishonest to get her point validated.

    the reporter supported both sides of the argument that some can pay and dont and some cant pay. the activist on the other hand attacked him, sounded ignorant and ignored a valid fact he presented (but she wished he didnt) not impressed after watching 2 plus minutes of her…did she throw the race card also? thats usually the next hail mary

    • Reginald Richardson

      Racism is and will always be an issue in the U.S. This is because in general people accept perceived notions about non-whites (who are characterized as other) and allow it to influence their behavior and views of the society they live in.

      • Dust Buster

        save that drivel for a nice 2 credit course at wc3. sorry but throwing the race card all the time does nothing but invalidate most of what you write. unless you want to say its racism because more whites outside of detroit pay higher rate and actually pay their water bill in greater numbers than blacks in detroit. that could be construed as racism as well. just not the kind you like to harp on

    • J.S.S

      To the first part of your comment, it seemed to me as though you knew a thing or two about being an activist but i remembered who was commenting. Stop confusing how you get women with what it means to be an activist. As for you complaining about a race card only furtherassures me your clueless about what is really going on. Personally i do not feel the city is doing this to these people because if race but i do feel Hank has an issue with race. I went back over his past reports concerning different ethnic groups from the President to the mexican/black/middle eastern/ latin lady or man and Hanks always try to show a negative light on them even if the reporting piece is suppose to be positive. Dont believe me check out his past reports yourself.

      • Dust Buster

        sure thing. btw, in future discussions, i would realllyyyyy try hard and not bring obama into the mix if you are trying to prop up your argument. i mean that guy reallyyyy sucks and he is doing a terrible job. you can suggest an area he excels at and i would be happy to correct you with facts. but dont worry, you no longer have to protect him. just remind yourself he is half white and get mad at that part of him.

  • Lynne

    I can’t help but think that there is more to this story.

  • Brandon George Caroland

    I’ve seen that dude at whole foods a few times. My question is, where’s the money going to come from to pay for the water? And it’s not just Detroit’s problem. 50k Detroit residents aren’t alone. If it’s a basic human right, then it’s a problem in Inkster, Lansing, Flint and Saginaw too where incomes are low. I can see how we might need to do more but more and more services keep getting added to the basic needs list. Running water is a new one. But not having it could make Detroit like Manila Philippines, where people get their water where they bathe and dump

    • Tammy Barbour

      I agree with the points you raised. This is a huge public health crisis. Everyone needs to be washing their hands. The e coli outbreaks in Michigan are real and leading the nation. A home without water to flush toilets and wash hands regularly is a breeding ground for infectious disease.

      • Dust Buster

        perhaps you could get some community activists to go door to door and explain how important water is to fight disease and infections. excuse my boldness here but wouldnt it be best to go to the source and educate them.

        let them know that running water is more important than fresh hair and nails. maybe bring along some photos of yucky germs under a microscope. point to their flat screen and tell them the water is more important than that tv and new xbox.

        while you are there show them the bad foods they have in their fridge and remind them how smoking and drinking are not only bad, but not a helpful item to buy when they dont work and are getting others to pay their keep.

        i think we are onto something here.

        • Dust buster please with your foolish accusations wise up and lay off the crack pipe!!!

          • Dust Buster

            lay off the crack pipe?
            the 7th grade class from 1997 called, they want their favorite burn back.

        • noideaisoriginal

          You have no idea how condescending you sound. “Fresh hair and nails”?! Are you kidding?! Why is it that when blacks in poorer neighborhoods are hit with a crisis, it’s automatically assumed that their priorities aren’t straight? Would it be fair of me to say ” oh white citizens, maybe if u put down the meth, the govt wouldn’t screw u over”?! You’ve been up and down this thread with your BS Fox news propaganda. And where is the outrage for the businesses that owe MILLIONS to the water company, but they’re trumping up charges and shutting citizen’s water off for 500? Not leaving notices and not giving notices so u can’t receive aid? And its not exactly an eemployment boom out this way. I hate ignorant, rude ppl like u.

          • Dust Buster

            well im sorry i didnt make a comment you enjoyed. see how you lefties are. you admonish me for being a meanie head and then you go on to call me names and disparage what i wrote….p.s. the fox news comment always exposes your type.

            the comments i made in that regard may make you feel butt-hurt but there is truth to them. in many cases i have said the “real poor” need to be taken care of. we have the fattest most well hooked up fashion and electronics wise poor in the world.

            as far as ignorant, im pretty sure i have accomplished more than you education wise, business wise and i know i have done much more than you charity wise (running your trap demanding others be nice and pay for things isnt true charity)

            how is that for condescension? now walk the talk and go buy some cases of water and get to handing them out. i mean you will do that….right?

    • Azzaam Abdul-Hakeem

      Agree with all except clean water rights being a new one, its not actually its been law for 60 years since the 1950s when the Treaty was signed Internationally at the UN.

  • Thomas C. Pedroni

    It was hard to watch the reporter and imagine that he was just trying to get to the facts. The blurring of the line between public relations work and what we used to naively call a free press is deeply troubling and dangerous. I’ve watched, for example, as one education beat reporter after another goes on to better paying work for our Governor (Dave Murray, mLive), Bill Gates purchased pimp tanks (Amber Arellano, Dave Zeman, Detroit News), or the DPS EM (Mrozowski and
    Wasko). That’s why outlets like Eclectablog, the Michigan Citizen, and Muckraker are important. Poor Muckraker comes from a journalistic background as well, and could be making much more if pimping like his other peers.

    • Gadsden

      Wow. You must be slacking. No mention of the evil Koch Brothers?

      • Thomas C. Pedroni

        Oh yeah. And the Koch brothers really suck and are f’ing everything up. The end.

        • Raciel Fernandez

          Did you notice that towards the end the tool Hank actually begins to almost speak on behalf of the waterworks?
          Great job for Ms. Taylor for calling him out on that. P.S. Koch brothers paid off the reporter to suck corporate ass. True story.

          • Dust Buster

            and ms taylor was given 9 bridge cards, 3 obamaphones and 2 greektown players club cards complete with $200 in credits and a festive lanyard.

            i would also like to see her utilities payment history. i bet she is one of the chosen ones that dont feel she needs to pay her keep.

            also saw a story on another news station that showed a few of the gimmedats holding their water bill and complaining. oddly, they were morbidly obese, had fresh hair doos and long manicured nails…… i think detroit has some of the most well fed, electronically up to date and meticulously manicured and coiffed “POOR” in the entire world.

            before any of you throw the race card, coiffed is a term that means they have their hair done nicely…which cost a lot of money.

            simply priorities out of line with working people that have to decide that they cant get uverse turbo 9000 or a new flat screen because they have to pay their water or gas bill.

          • Danielle Hensley

            Pre-emptively deflecting the ominous “race card” kind of says it all…

          • Dust Buster

            throwing the race card in a subtle, finger pointing manner

            i see what you did there

        • Dust Buster

          dont forget to genuflect to your george soros statue every day. now that one financier with an agenda you can get behind. i mean look at what his billions have already done to this country and HE isnt even an american

          • Thomas C. Pedroni

            Okay, thanks Dust Buster. I will check it out.

          • Dust Buster

            no problem. thats what this is about…people helping people