December 17, 2009
The mayor’s final press conference had been going so well — decent crime stats, good news on city spending, heart-warming sustainability numbers — right up until someone actually asked Franklin a question.
Then came the train wreck. And it was brutal.
Granted, that first question came from WGCL-TV’s Wendy “Tough Questions” Saltzman, who asked why, if violent crime was down, do most Atlanta residents “feel less safe now than they ever have.”
“I thank you for your question,” Franklin shot back. “Next!”
Things went downhill from there.
For the next fascinating but cringe-worthy 15 minutes or so, the TV news folks threw questions at the mayor — some confrontational, others substantive, but most of which were brushed aside by a visibly perturbed Franklin, who grew more combative as the conference went on.
(Text by Scott Henry)
(Photos by Joeff Davis)