Suburban Detroit Official 'Furious' About Article

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PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) -- A suburban official says he's "furious" about a magazine article that attributes quotes to him that are critical of Detroit.

Under the headline "Drop Dead, Detroit!" published online Monday by The New Yorker, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson is quoted as recommending people don't stop for gas in the city due to the potential for carjacking. He's also quoted as saying Detroit is an "Indian reservation."

In an interview Tuesday with WWJ-AM, Patterson says the article "was a giant betrayal" and he's "furious about it."

Patterson calls the story "an absolute hatchet job."

In it, the white Republican sells the merits of Oakland County while bashing Detroit, which is more than 80 percent black.

Article author Paige Williams tells the Detroit Free Press the piece is a "balanced portrait."

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