Benton Harbor, Emergency Managers, Joe Harris — February 11, 2012

Rachel Maddow covers Benton Harbor and selling of city radio equipment – UPDATED

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Rachel Maddow did a fine job last night of reporting on an issue I wrote about twice this week (HERE and HERE): the selling off of Benton Harbor’s city radio station equipment. Here’s the video:

This was great journalism – kudos to TRMS producer Laura Conaway – that brought together some seemingly unrelated pieces to show the complete picture including Jonathan Mahler‘s recent New York Times Magazine article.

[And, yeah, she called Eclectablog “the essential Michigan website”.]

By the way, the most recent eBay listing has been updated to correct the misspelling of “Equipment” and replaces the improperly used “negligible” with “negotiable”.

It also has one bid.

UPDATE: The eBay post has now been pulled (again). Bizarre.


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  • Aquagranny911

    Eclectablog, you rock!  I already commented on this issue when you wrote about it initially but I so think Rachel should have you on her show very soon.  Just a matter of time till this happens so let us know so we can watch.  Can I say, I knew you when?  ♥ You are doing a great job for Michigan!

  • I hope the bidder is someone who is buying it to give it back to the rightful owners — the people of Benton Harbor.

  • FormerEstevan

    Listing on Ebay has been removed!!  This is another one of the most disgusting and evil tactics that these bunch of morons have done.  Isn’t this a criminal offence. 

  • I don’t know how they were able to do that.  On eBay you usually can’t remove a listing if there’s a bid on it, and there was.  I saw it earlier.  Hmmm.

  • BobR

    The Governator of Michigan just called eBay and decreed that the listing be removed because he said so.

    I was kind of hoping Rachel would buy the station, rename it “Radio Free Rachel” and give it back to the city.

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