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Author: Scott Gordon

The ugly trend of how Milwaukee media reports on Mandela Barnes as a politician of color

Wisconsin’s discourse about its first black Lieutenant Governor points to some pervasive problems. Look, nine times out of 10 I’m on the side of the person asking pesky questions or trawling through the sorts of documents that politicians would rather not discuss. If public officials aren’t feeling harried and annoyed, the press isn’t doing its job. When prominent folks grouse about “harassment” or “sensationalism,” it’s almost always a feeble deflection. But the tenor of Wisconsin media’s recent coverage about Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes’ parking tickets and property tax bills has been absurd from the start. Sure, Barnes holds a...

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