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Local civic groups defend New Orleans after FOX News segment


New Orleans, La. - FOX News host Bill O'Reilly and guest Geraldo Rivera angered local civic groups with a segment last week that focused on crime and corruption in New Orleans.

After showing clips of the prison video shot inside of Orleans Parish Prison's now-shuttered House of Detention, O'Reilly and Rivera went on to slam the city. They called New Orleans a "vast urban wasteland" and the "Big Sleazy."

"It was completely unfair," says Greg Rusovich of GNO Inc.

Rusovich says after seeing the segment, his civic group and three others decided to act.  They fired off a letter to O'Reilly, pointing to the city's growing reputation for economic development, entrepreneurship and civic reform.

"As a matter of fact, the publisher of Forbes calls it 'the greatest turnaround in our lifetime,' so we've done all these wonderful things and for O'Reilly not to acknowledge that and slap us around is outrageous," says Rusovich.

Bill O'Reilly said on a later show that he likes New Orleans, but was only speaking the truth.

Mayor Landrieu sent the show another lengthy email defending the city and correcting what he calls misinformation.

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