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- Photos from Kansas City Star (left) and Pitch

– Photos from Kansas City Star (left) and Pitch

Romenesko reader Brig McCoy writes: “Seems strange that the local alt paper (The Pitch) ‘blacked out’ the billboard in question. Kansas City Star, on the other hand, printed the billboard as is.” (There’s a controversy over the city trying to have it removed to make way for a hotel.) I asked Pitch editor Scott Wilson about this and he wrote in an email: “It was a Sprint ad, and we simply didn’t want to seem to endorse or advertise for Sprint.”

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