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Barbour: Press Coverage Hurting Miss. More than Oil

Sunday, 06 Jun 2010 04:24 PM

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour says that press coverage of the BP oil spill is hurting his state more than the sludge itself.

"The truth is we have had virtually no oil," Barbour told "Fox News Sunday." "We've had a few tar balls but we have a few every year" because of seepage in the Gulf of Mexico.

"The biggest negative impact for us has been the news coverage," he said, according to The Hill. Barbour said that the "average viewer" likely thinks that the coast from Texas to Florida is "knee deep in oil."

"The worst thing for us has been how the tourism season has been hurt," he said. "The coast is clear; come on down."

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