Category Archives: Joel’s J School

Flint’s man-made water crisis: where are the watchdogs?

By Joel Thurtell What a disaster the Flint water crisis has become. There was no need for tens of thousands of people to lose their publicly-provided source of clean drinking and bathing water. But government stupidity, folly, dishonesty made it … Continue reading

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Calling Schuette’s shots

By Joel Thurtell I complimented Free Press reporter Joe Guillen for dogging the billionaire Matty Moroun and his brazen takeover of the Detroit-Wayne County Port Authority. I was glad to see the Free Press report Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette’s … Continue reading

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Good job, Free Press — keep the heat on Matty!

By Joel Thurtell The Detroit Free Press reports that Michigan Attorney General William Schuette, without explanation, has declined to review the deal that gave billionaire Manuel “Matty” Moroun control of the Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority. That is disgusting. Kudos to … Continue reading

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Free Press memory hole

A memory hole is any mechanism for the alteration or disappearance of inconvenient or embarrassing documents, photographs, transcripts, or other records, such as from a website or other archive, particularly as part of an attempt to give the impression that … Continue reading

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Seize the bridge! (Again)

By Joel Thurtell Finally, somebody in mainstream media gets it. Matty Moroun’s privately-owned bridge to Canada is falling apart, he’s corrupted Michigan politics in hopes of torpedoing a publicly-owned bridge in favor of his family’s monopoly, he’s filed innumerable stupid … Continue reading

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WSU reporters and Duggan: the rest of the story

By Joel Thurtell You would think from reading the August 18, 2015 Detroit Free Press article about two Wayne State University student reporters who were stonewalled by Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan’s staff that the Free Press broke the story. Thanks to … Continue reading

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Waiting for Worthy

By Joel Thurtell More than two months ago, I mailed a letter asking Kym Worthy, the Wayne County prosecuting attorney, to investigate Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan’s office for refusing to disclose his deal with Ambassador Bridge owner Matty Moroun for … Continue reading

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The Matty warranty

By Joel Thurtell Detroit’s City Council is getting lots of pressure to approve Mayor Duggan’s deal to dice up Riverside Park for the billionaire Matty Moroun. People with no stake in the outcome of this issue are urging council to … Continue reading

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Secrets of Riverside Park: my letter to prosecutor

By Joel Thurtell What was the big secret about the deal Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan cut with billionaire trucking magnate Matty Moroun to trade pieces of land at the city’s Riverside Park? Why did Duggan staffers lie to two Wayne … Continue reading

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Watch for news about Matty & MIke

By Joel Thurtell As we say in radio, I’ve been off the air for a while. But I’ll be back — soon. And I’ll have news about the latest circus in Detroit — the Matty & Mike Show. Stay tuned. … Continue reading

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