Category Archives: Kwamegate

Those Free Press pumpkins

By Joel Thurtell During the McCarthy period, spy-hunting journalist Whittaker Chambers hid rolls of film in a pumpkin. In the most amazing Detroit Free Press story I’ve ever read, I learned today, October 8, 2009, how the two top sleuths … Continue reading

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Public interest or bunk?

By Joel Thurtell Odd bit of irony in the Sunday, April 12, 2009 Detroit Free Press article. The latest sport is skewering Detroit 36th District Judge Ruth Carter for caustic comments she made in text messages she sent on a … Continue reading

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Off guard: Prosecution by newspaper

By Joel Thurtell Motives are important, even in the newspaper business. And in newspapers, business is a prime motive, though often unspoken. There’s that glass wall between business and editorial, right? Advertising people don’t talk to editors and vice versa. … Continue reading

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Free Press enemies list

Free Press enemies list 10/20/08 [donation] By Joel Thurtell Thanks to Metro Times columnist Jack Lessenberry for tipping his columnist’s hat and sending more readers to joelontheroad.com. In his September 24, 2008 column, Jack wrote about my column, called “The … Continue reading

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Playing ball with Matty

By Joel Thurtell Matty doesn’t get it. Why are people suddenly so upset that he’s taken over parts of a Detroit city-owned park beside the Ambassador Bridge? Why, it’s been seven years since 9/11, when he seized the east side … Continue reading

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Matty on my mind

[donation] By Joel Thurtell Now I know how Detroit Free Press editors must have felt when they saw how many website hits their bombshell Kwame Kilpatrick stories were igniting. Joelontheroad.com, with my story about being ejected from a public park … Continue reading

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Bing-O! He helped oust Kwame, now wants job

[donation] By Joel Thurtell Was I on the money, or what? Dave Bing, the Detroit businessman and onetime basketball star who pressured Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy and Jennifer Granholm to remove Kwame Kilpatrick as mayor of Detroit, now wants … Continue reading

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All my sins — and more

[donation] By Joel Thurtell Man, are my ears burning. A reader named “Ricky” really socked it to me in a pair of caustic comments last weekend. I’m still reeling. My sense of self is in total tumult. Don’t know where … Continue reading

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The REAL holy grail?

[donation] By Joel Thurtell It was bad enough that the Detroit Free Press on Monday, September 16, 2008 failed to mention on Page One the bankruptcy of the huge Wall Street investment bank Lehman Brothers or the sale of the … Continue reading

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Newspapering in Detroit = Afflicting the afflicted

[donation] By Joel Thurtell I’ve had some interesting responses to my articles about Gannett’s redlining practices. As I’ve already reported, Detroit isn’t the only community given short shrift by editors at the Detroit Free Press. I’ve lacked input from Detroit … Continue reading

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