We need more Maureen Taylors to call TV reporters on their sensational bullshit. Check the MSNBC anchor's eyebrows at the 3:36 mark:
I cannot find any evidence, including from reporter Hank Winchester or his station WDIV, to back up his assertion that some people "simply don't want to pay the water bill and would rather spend the money on cable." I do find a lot of right-wing asshole Internet commenters on articles about Detroit, however, saying the same thing.
The United Nations seems more concerned that Detroit's water shutoff is racist:
"The households which suffered unjustified disconnections must be immediately reconnected,” said UN Special Rapporteur on adequate housing Leilani Farha, UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights Philip Alston, and UN Special Rapporteur on the right to safe drinking water and sanitation Catarina de Albuquerque, in a joint statement issued Wednesday.The question remains: why do we bail out banks but not Detroit?
“If these water disconnections disproportionately affect African Americans they may be discriminatory, in violation of treaties the U.S. has ratified,” said Farha.