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   Last week, in the days before the Dec. 6 U.S. Senate runoff, WVUE Fox 8 asked U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu's campaign to pull a spot that the station said misrepresented one of its stories. In the 30-second spot attacking Landrieu's opponent, U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, anchor John Snell says, "The congressman claimed to be in two places at once." What Snell really said (taken from a Nov. 28 broadcast), was, "A former supervisor of Bill Cassidy came to his defense tonight over a controversy that the congressman claimed to be in two places at once." Landrieu campaign manager Ryan Berni defended the ad, which the station was legally obligated to continue running.

   The New Orleans Office of Inspector General (OIG) slammed the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office (OPSO) electronic ankle monitoring program in a 66-page report released last week, finding that between 2012 and 2014, nearly 80 percent of monitoring files were incomplete and inaccurate, and people wearing monitors routinely violated house arrest with no follow-up from deputies. OPSO defended the $400,000-a-year program and said Inspector General Ed Quatrevaux's comments "smack of political grandstanding."

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