Apparently, he felt the paper struck first. After the outlet ran some investigatory stories into Papenfuse’s business and real estate records, the Mayor says he will no longer invite the Patriot-News or any reporters from PennLive to his weekly briefings.
Officially Mayor Papenfuse is using the comments on the site’s webpage as an excuse, asserting that they are “trafficking in hate speech”.
“I think PennLive is the equivalent to Gawker, not the equivalent of the Washington Post,” Papenfuse told ABC27’s Dave Marcheskie, “and it needs to be understood and treated as such.”
“I don’t think anything that PennLive does is good for democracy, is good for engaged citizenry, or is good for the City of Harrisburg,” he concluded.
“It’s unfortunate the mayor has taken this position. There are serious issues and serious questions in the city that need to be addressed on a regular basis. And city residents rely on PennLive to receive their news and information about Harrisburg. We are not the mayor’s public relations vehicle, and we know we don’t always see eye to eye,” PennLive director of content Mike Feeley responded. “So, PennLive will continue to investigate and report on stories in the city, and we are not deterred by the mayor’s information blackout.”