Mayor Landrieu: Times-Picayune is "part of our identity"



Mayor Mitch Landrieu, who once worked as a paper boy for The Times-Picayune, offers his thoughts on today's news, in the following press release:


NEW ORLEANS, LA—Mayor Mitch Landrieu released the following statement today upon learning of major changes coming to the region’s daily newspaper:

“For 175 years, The Times-Picayune has been a mainstay in this region. Through wars and floods, the ‘Aints and a Saints Super Bowl victory, the TP has been and remains an integral part of our daily routine and our culture. It is a part of our identity.

“Above all else, for years, The Times-Picayune has had some of the finest local journalists and photojournalists in the country. Even in our darkest days after Hurricane Katrina, these men and women worked around the clock to share our story with the rest of the world.

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“The First Amendment keeps America strong. We don’t always agree, but the newspaper provides a critical service for our city by helping to keep the public informed.

“The hundreds of jobs at the paper are important to our community, from the reporters to the delivery guys working in the earliest hours of the morning to make sure our paper is waiting for us at the doorstep. On a personal note, one of my first jobs was as a paper boy for the TP.

“I look forward to talking with new management and others who have a stake in the future of The Times-Picayune to discuss how we can help the newspaper grow and not diminish.”

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