Media outlets in Florida are asking why John McCain's security detail ousted the only black reporter covering his visit to Panama City, Florida. Also troubling, a reporter who asked why her credentialed colleague was being hauled out of the event was removed as well.
Tallahassee Democrat senior writer Stephen Price showed his employee identification as well as his credentials for the Friday event. None of his fellow state reporter colleagues were asked for ID.
Here's a quote from the Tallahassee Democrat:
Tallahassee Democrat Executive Editor Bob Gabordi said the incident was unwarranted.
"We're deeply concerned and disturbed that our reporter -- of all of those in that area -- was asked to move," Gabordi said. "My understanding is that Stephen was the only reporter approached and asked to leave the area, and the only reporter in that area who is black. Another reporter who stood up for Stephen was then asked to leave."