Karma: Fate or destiny resulting from one’s previous action.
Hypocrisy: The practice of professing beliefs, feelings, or virtues that one does not hold or possess.
The supremely unctuous Stephen Henderson, Managing Director of Opinion and Commentary at the Detroit Free Press, got canned Friday for sexual harassment. Free Press Editor and Vice President Peter Bhatia has elected to shield us from the lurid details, a courtesy not afforded by the Free Press to the many others accused of sexual harassment during the current national feeding frenzy.
The allegations originally surfaced in a press conference the Reverend W. J. Rideout III, pastor of Our God’s People Church in Detroit, held last week. Reverend Rideout got suspended from his radio show on WFDF 910 AM for his efforts. Steve Neavling, a former Free Press reporter who was fired for his contretemps with homosexual teen groomer Charles Pugh in 2012, pursued the story on his own WFDF radio show as well as his Motor City Muckraker web site. Neavling had to enjoy the predicament of the Free Press, and probably Henderson too. Henderson was already a big shot at the Detroit Free Press when Neavling got railroaded.
In the weeks leading up to his comeuppance, Henderson danced on the political graves of Congressman John Conyers, Jr. and Judge Roy Moore. Somehow, he was “stunned” at his own dismissal for entirely similar activities which occurred well before his recent grave dancing. One can only imagine the depths of hypocrisy Henderson would have plumbed when the Democrats finally clear the decks to charge Donald J. Trump with sexual harassment, had he not been fired. Mr. Henderson, of course, recommended that all Republicans vote for John Kasich last year.
This is the same Stephen Henderson who called for GOP charter school supporters to be sewn into bags with rabid animals and thrown into the Straits of Mackinac to die. Two weeks later, he was denouncing the Second Amendment in USA Today for facilitating murder, no less. Then he had the absolute gall to write another column at the end of the same month denouncing the “insulting language” of those same GOP charter school supporters whose deaths he had posited. In Mr. Henderson’s facile mind, only superior beings such as himself are permitted to coarsen the public debate.
Mr. Henderson will continue to host Detroit Today on WDET 101.9 FM, as well as American Black Journal on DPTV. Public broadcasting has a much more tolerant attitude towards sexual harassment, as long as you have the correct politics. But his political reach just got trimmed.