New Orleans Mayor Criticizes Media Over Gun Photo


New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has criticized the New Orleans Times-Picayune and other local media over a photo of the mayor holding a gun at a Tuesday news conference. The image of the mayor smiling and holding a weapon kicked off controversy on talk radio and in internet postings. The mayor said that the photo “grossy misrepresented the Mayor of the City of New Orleans, the Superintendent of Police and the men and women of the police department.”

Nagin complained that the newspaper did not use a photo of the police command unit set up for this weekend’s NBA All Star Game. Instead, Nagin said, a “photo, taken out of context, was selected by our own local media and now showcased across the nation as a mockery of all this city’s recovery efforts. This is the real tragedy.”


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