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Tim Skubick: Snyder snubbed from Detroit's '60 Minutes' piece

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It could only happen to Detroit.  Two body blows in one night on national TV.  First the hit at the hands of CBS news and the second gut-wrenching hit from the bats of the Boston Red Sox. Others have spoken to the latter, the former is tackled here.

It's unlikely that the committee to re-elect Rick Snyder will be lifting any of the reportage from last Sunday's CBS "60 Minutes" segment on bankrupt Detroit.  If they were hoping for a Pure Michigan treatment of the troubled city, they did not get it. In fact their boss didn't even get a name mention.

It's pretty much standard practice for any network coming into Motown to begin with some great visuals which TV producers absolutely love.  You know, lots of burned out buildings, abandoned homes and factories, streets without any lights, boarded up schools and, well you get the picture.   

In a word it was ugly, but in the neighborhoods of Detroit that's pretty much the story, although there was a ten second clip showing some well-to-do homes in the city.

The "60 Minutes" audience did, however, see a thriving downtown Detroit but the Snyder administration got no credit for that and fact if you tuned in a little late, you might have concluded the governor of Michigan was Dan Gilbert, the millionaire owner of Quicken Loans.  He almost single-handedly has laid the foundation for a Detroit Renaissance the network story intimated.

What pitch do you use to attract other businesses to Detroit, correspondent Bob Simon wanted to know?

"I tell them you can impact the outcome of Detroit."

Another person who will impact the outcome of Detroit also got some face time.

Name: Kevyn Orr.

Job: Detroit Emergency Manager.

Mr. Simon did note that the "governor of Michigan" (no name given) tapped Mr. Orr who was asked what he would say to the thousands of pensioners who will take a hair-cut if Mr. Orr goes there.

"I'm sorry," he looked into the camera.  He noted that he came from a "common stock" and was not insensitive to their plight but then slipping back into his less-human bankruptcy mode, he concluded "This is unfortunate…(but) we don't have a choice."

The take away for the nation wide audience, if it stayed with the entire segment? Downtown Detroit may be on the comeback trail, but it's unlikely tourists will be taking any Gray Line tour buses into the bowels of Detroit's neighborhoods.  Heck even Mr. Orr was smart enough to cancel such a tour for his friends in the investment community.

As for the self-imposed implosion of the Tigers?  What can you say that has not already been said?

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