Empower Wisconsin | June 2, 2020
Gov. Tony Evers isn’t the only liberal governor locking out reporters he doesn’t agree with.
As Townhall reported Monday, Salem Communications filed a lawsuit against Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker after his administration banned veteran radio journalist Amy Jacobson from attending state-level coronavirus press briefings.
Jacobson is co-host of the the morning show on Chicago’s AM 560 ‘The Answer.’
The lawsuit alleges Pritzker’s press team used Jacobson’s appearance at a rally opposing the governor’s statewide lockdown as a pretext to banish the journalist. Jacobson, according to the complaint, was a thorn in the liberal governor’s side, asking challenging questions that gave Pritzker public relations headaches.
She broke the story that Pritzker’s family had traveled to their equestrian estate in Wisconsin during Illinois’ stay-at-home order — weeks after news broke that the billionaire governor’s family was at another estate in Florida, according to the Liberty Justice Center, which is representing Jacobson and her employer. Salem Communications also owns Townhall.
“When questioned by reporters about Jacobson’s exclusion the next day, Pritzker told the press corps that Jacobson could not attend because advocating for Illinois to end its stay-at-home order represents an ‘extreme position,” the Liberty Justice Center said in a press release.
What an enormous hypocrite.
Pritzker, like his liberal pal in Wisconsin, wants to define what a journalist is.
“This is not a reporter … once upon a time she was a reporter, but she proved that she is no longer a reporter,” the governor said, according to the press release.
As Empower Wisconsin reported in March, Evers and his administration have closed a lot of doors to open government, evidenced by the transparency and First Amendment lawsuits pending.
The MacIver Institute filed a lawsuit claiming Evers violated the First Amendment rights of staff members who were barred from attending a Capitol Press Corps briefing on the governor’s proposed budget. M.D. Kittle, Empower Wisconsin executive director and a former MacIver reporter, is named in the lawsuit.
In April, a federal district court judge sided with team Evers, ruling that the MacIver Institute is simply a think tank, not a news organization, with an “idealogical mission.” This despite the fact that MacIver has been a credentialed member of the Capitol Press corps covering policy and politics for more than a decade.
Read the story on the Illinois First Amendment lawsuit at Townhall.com.