Michael Hecht of GNO, Inc., says segment on city crime and corruption was irresponsible and internally inconsistent
The president of the local economic development organization, GNO Inc., says a segment on crime and corruption in New Orleans that aired last week on Fox News Commentator Bill O'Reilly's show was irresponsible and internally inconsistent.
The segment was highly critical of the city and aired after a video was made public, showing inmates at the Orleans Parish Jail drinking beer, using drugs and brandishing a handgun.
In the segment, Fox's Geraldo Rivera referred to everything outside of the French Quarter as a "vast urban wasteland".
"For him to generalize from that video to all of New Orleans and call it a vast wasteland, it's just irresponsible," Michael Hecht told Denny Schaffer Wednesday.
Hecht, along with a group of local business and civic leaders, fired off a letter to O'Reilly and Rivera, calling the segment a "disservice to New Orleans, America and the truth."
Hecht says he doesn't think the letter will cause O'Reilly to recant his statements.
"I don't think that will change him, but I think we've educated him, and most importantly I think that he knows now that we're watching and that as a community, we don't roll over, we fight back," Hecht said.