How Did Media Miss MI Candidate’s Murder Conviction Before He Won?


Flint, Mi., voters this month elected Wantwaz Davis, a convicted murderer, to the City Council. The media missed that fact until after the election. The editor of the daily Flint Journal apologized “and said that they didn’t do a good job, which is a bit of an understatement,” Vincent Duffy of Michigan Radio told CNN’s “Reliable Sources.” Duffy added, “This wasn’t heavy investigative work to figure out that he had this conviction and had done prison time,” information readily available on Google. He blamed the omission on staff cuts in many local media, observing that, reporters are “being asked to do a lot more these days than just report the news. The newspapers, they are putting up Web sites. They are responsible for taking photos. They have to be on Twitter. They have to be on Facebook…my concern is that this is a symptoms of news just falling through the cracks.”

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