Pulitzer Prize Winning Detroit Free Press Journalist, Stephen Henderson
The editorial page editor of the Detroit Free Press, the largest newspaper in Michigan and the largest city newspaper owned by Gannett, has called for the murder of Michigan GOP state legislators for the “crime” of voting to fund charter schools. Mollie Hemingway of The Federalist has the shocking details:
[Monday] Michigan’s Republican legislators voted to bail out Detroit’s abysmally run schools with $617 million in taxpayer funding. The same bill also fought efforts to constrain charter school choices in Detroit. Prior to the vote, Stephen Henderson wrote on his editorial page:
We really ought to round up the lawmakers who took money to protect and perpetuate the failing charter-school experiment in Detroit, sew them into burlap sacks with rabid animals, and toss them into the Straits of Mackinac.
After noting that charter school advocates support charter schools, he doubled down on the violent rhetoric:
[From Henderson's twitter feed]
It is every bit deserving of an old-school retributive response.
A sack. An animal. A lake.
No lover of actual democracy could weep at that outcome.
If there were any doubt about his call for life-ending violence, he tweeted out the editorial with these comments:
[. . .]
In my opinion, Henderson has crossed a serious line. Gannett should fire him immediately. Pulitzer never acknowledges its errors and so can’t be expected to revoke his prize. After all, they awarded a Pulitzer to Walter Duranty, the New York Times Moscow correspondent who collaborated with the Stalinist regime in covering up the deliberately induced famine in Ukraine and other crimes.
June 8, 2016
Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial page editor calls for murder of GOP legislators
By Thomas Lifson