Nutter chides media over papal coverage

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 Mayor Michael Nutter speaking to the media last month. (Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

Mayor Michael Nutter speaking to the media last month. (Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

Philadelphia’s mayor is sending a strong message to the media about negative stories regarding the pope’s visit.

Mayor Michael Nutter blames widespread speculation coupled with inaccurate information for what he deems “bad coverage.”

“If you have bad information, you are going to write stories that go along a certain storyline based on bad information,” he said. “I think many of you in your industry are now coming to the realization that, at the moment as all of the information is out, things are nowhere near what kind of doom and gloom had been reported or printed before.”

Nutter went on to say that even a highly critical Washington Post story conceded Philadelphia is staging much larger and more intricate papal events than New York or Washington — and therefore has more daunting challenges to overcome.

Nutter reiterated his invitation to visitors to turn out for what he says will be an event of a lifetime.

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