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In October, then-Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake banned WYPR reporter P. Kenneth Burns from the weekly press conferences she held after the Board of Estimates meeting, claiming he was “aggressive,” which everybody in the room understood was bullshit. He pushed the mayor on a few things and she went Donald Trump on him, making up a story about his behavior, vilifying the press, and then, via Anthony McCarthy, her director of public affairs, refusing to comment further. And then, by getting rid of a minority journalist in a space where there aren’t many, Rawlings-Blake deprived a majority black city a voice that is already lacking.

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