News of oil hitting the Alabama coastline has local residents worried about its effects on their community. Some state politicians, including Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour and Alabama Governor Bob Riley, believe the media is exaggerating what is actually happening on the coastlines, causing residents to worry and hurting business unnecessarily. Not everyone agrees: Tim Kant, mayor of Fairhope, Ala., says "the media is frustrated and has every right to be frustrated. We rely on the press and this is the time when the press needs everything at their fingertips to report on the situation. The outlets are not getting the information they need."

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