Black Reporter Removed From Covering McCain

John McCain and Press Corp

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) speaks during a press conference in February 2008. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

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A newspaper reporter recently became the subject of news when he was thrown out of the press area during a rally for Sen. John McCain.

Stephen Price of the Tallahassee Democrat was one of several reporters covering McCain's stop-over in Panama City, Florida last Friday.

But Price was the only African-American reporter in the press corps that day when McCain's security team singled him out and asked him to leave.

Now, many are asking if race played a role in his removal.

Price shares his story with NPR's Tony Cox. And for more on what goes on behind the scenes during a political press junket, we hear from Kenny Irby.

He covered Capitol Hill during the first Bush presidency. Irby now leads the diversity program at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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