Updated: Trump repeatedly attacks Whitmer during rally in governor’s hometown

BY: - October 27, 2020

Updated, 10:52 p.m., 10/27/20 President Donald Trump attacked Gov. Gretchen Whitmer four times during a rally in Lansing on Tuesday, relying on false claims about the state of Michigan being “locked up like a prison.” “Your governor is a disaster. They’ve got to open up this state,” Trump said. “And she’s got to keep her […]

Whitmer reportedly at center of Trump’s ire with ‘60 Minutes’ 

BY: - October 21, 2020

President Donald Trump’s threat to preempt the airing of a national broadcast news interview involving him comes, in part, with his discomfort in talking about Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, according to the Washington Post.  The Post reported Tuesday that Trump did not like the tone of a CBS “60 Minutes” interview with Lesley Stahl, which […]

Study: 97% of Black Lives Matter protests have been peaceful in Michigan

BY: - September 16, 2020

The vast majority of nationwide Black Lives Matter protests have been peaceful, including those in Michigan, according to a new study by the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED). The ACLED has been collecting data on demonstrations, political violence and other related developments since the newest phase of the BLM movement began in […]

‘I didn’t expect to get tackled trying to do my job’ 

BY: - July 30, 2020

For Steve Neavling, it was a seminal moment. The veteran Detroit Metro Times investigative reporter described to the Advance how he was roughed up on June 2 up by Detroit Police while reporting on police arrests of Black Lives Matter protesters in the Motor City. Neavling said that he was punched, kneed, and elbowed by […]

Media group calls on Congress to protect journalists

BY: - July 23, 2020

A national coalition of media groups on Wednesday urged congressional leaders to pass the Journalist Protection Act. The legislation, S.751, introduced by U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, (D-Conn.) and U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, (D-N.J.), and H.R. 1684, introduced by U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell, (D-Calif.), would make it a federal crime to intentionally cause bodily injury or […]

Which Michigan businesses got federal COVID-19 cash?

BY: and - July 7, 2020

About 121,000 Michigan businesses, nonprofit organizations and other entities received COVID-19 relief aid via Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans, according to data released Monday by the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Among the entities receiving money: colleges and universities, politician-owned firms and manufacturers, churches and parishes, art institutions and even an abundance of yacht clubs. […]

After COVID-19 hit Detroit hard, state officials waged an information war to try and stop it

BY: - June 8, 2020

Angry and frustrated that a woman who made no effort to cover her coughing as she entered his bus, Jason Hargrove, a veteran Detroit transit driver, agonized during the early weeks of the COVID-19 crisis.   Through a Facebook live post, he declared: “For us to get through this and get over this, y’all need to […]

LG Gilchrist on Floyd protests: ‘To everyone who feels unheard, I hear you’

BY: - May 31, 2020

Protests rocked major cities across the country again on Saturday, including Detroit, as thousands gathered to voice their anguish and frustration about George Floyd, a 46-year-old African-American man who died after a Minnesota police officer pinned him down with his knee on his neck. Detroit NAACP President Wendell Anthony has characterized Floyd’s killing as a […]


Susan J. Demas: Some leaders have lost their humanity during COVID-19. We don’t need to follow them.

BY: - May 28, 2020

We hit a ghastly, unthinkable milestone in the coronavirus pandemic Wednesday, with more than 100,000 people losing their lives in our country. That’s a little more than the entire population of Flint, which knows something about brutal health crises. About 1.7 million have been sickened in the United States, more than the populations of 11 […]

Will Congress bail out ailing local news outlets? 

BY: and - May 17, 2020

WASHINGTON — Politicians are banding together to try to rescue local news media from economic collapse during the coronavirus pandemic. On Monday, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced that Democratic leaders in Congress are pushing to fix a small business lending program so that it applies to local news publishers and broadcasters affiliated with […]


Column: Trump’s defamation suits pose a chilling prospect for the press

BY: - May 9, 2020

In the long and dubious history of nasty presidential politics, the anti-Trump attack ad that the pro-Democratic SuperPAC Priorities USA paid NBC affiliate WJFW-TV in Rhinelander, Wisc., to televise in America’s 134th largest market seemed tame enough. The 30-second spot uses rapid-fire audio snippets of President Trump dismissing the seriousness of the nascent but fast-growing COVID-19 […]


Susan J. Demas: Protestors threatened Whitmer’s murder. GOP leaders haven’t condemned them.

BY: - May 1, 2020

It’s an extraordinarily low bar for Michigan Republican leaders to condemn heavily armed protestors calling for the governor’s murder, and yet they’ve managed to fail to clear it. You can stop holding your breath waiting, too. There were “men with rifles yelling” at senators from the chamber gallery during a Thursday session, as state Sen. […]