Welfare activist confronts biased television reporter on his account of the water shut offs in Detroit. From the link where I found the video:
“Before I answer that let me say, shame on Hank, shame on him,” Maureen Taylor said. “for putting that lie and that mis and that disinformation out on the air. To suggest that people don’t want to pay for a water bill is scandalous. What is at stake here is that there are tens of thousands of low income families who cannot pay rising water bill costs. The cost of living is going up. The chances of living is going down. And we’ve got these reporters out here, like this guy, that’s just standing on the side of the people that have money.”
Maureen Taylor then brought up all the corporations that have owed tens of thousands and hundreds of thousands whose water was not shutoff. Somehow the payment delinquency of the rich and affluent is different than the generally forced payment delinquency of the poor.
To be exact, the city is shutting off water to households that are two months or $150 behind on their bills. (That’s about average for Detroit!) This is in a city with 38% of residents living in poverty. The NBC reporter rattled off all the institutional customers who are delinquent; their water is flowing. The Detroit Water and Sewer Department has JUST released funds to assist low income families in paying their bills. They did the shut offs FIRST. In the heat of the summer.
If you are not outraged, you are not paying attention.
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