Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson is demanding that an online news organization delete from its website a story declaring that her Georgia community is America's "brokest city."
The Daily Beast published the story Tuesday ranking several U.S. cities. It said it used unemployment rates, median household income, and average debt to compile its report.
The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports that the mayor sent a letter to Newsweek/Daily Beast LLC, saying the article's analysis is "recklessly designed to damage" the Georgia city and its residents.
The Ledger-Enquirer reports that a request for a response from the Daily Beast went unanswered.
The report included several cities across the South in its rankings, including Mobile, Ala. (7); Augusta, Ga. (10); Macon, Ga. (14); Montgomery, Ala. (19); Birmingham, Ala. (23) and Savannah, Ga. (25).
(Copyright 2011, The Associated Press)