By Stephen Dietrich
Stephen Henderson is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial page editor of The Detroit Free Press, the largest newspaper in Michigan.
And he has a message for his readers: Kidnap, torture and kill conservative lawmakers for screwing up Detroit city schools.
Almost unbelievable. But true.
An editor for the largest newspaper in one of the biggest cities in America is advocating the brutal murder of conservative politicians. And it doesn’t appear that the paper has any plans to discipline him for it.
This is the same bankrupt Detroit, mind you, that has been under firm Democratic party control for over 50 years.
But instead of calling out Democrats, Henderson says Michigan GOP lawmakers should be rounded up and murdered to account for their attempts to fix the city’s school problems.
Last Friday, Henderson tweeted:
— Stephen Henderson (@SHendersonFreep) June 3, 2016
Henderson doubled-down Saturday and opened his editorial in the Detroit Free Press with the line, “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.”
This is a Pulitzer Prize winner, folks, advocating the murder of those he disagrees with.
He’s a hypocrite, too. Just months ago, as The Daily Caller first pointed out, Henderson wrote a scathing editorial criticizing GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump for using inflammatory rhetoric.
Since then, Henderson has gone on Twitter and refused to apologize, saying he wasn’t sorry for calling for violence.
He should be — especially at a time when national political tensions have reached a boiling point. On Wednesday, police announced three new arrests of anti-Trump radicals from the recent San Jose riot, one for felony assault with a deadly weapon.
These are fragile times. And anyone who writes, as Henderson did, that democratically elected lawmakers they disagree with deserve “an old-school retributive response. A sack. An animal. A lake” ought to be ashamed of themselves and the violence they’re inspiring.
“No lover of actual democracy could weep at that outcome,” Henderson wrote.
I weep. Because the shameful state of the American mainstream media is enough to bring a reasonable person to tears.
— Stephen Dietrich is the Managing Editor of The Horn News