Illinois (ECWd) -
One of the well-established foundations in our Country is our First Amendment, which includes freedom of the press.
As most of the state is aware, Governor Pritzker banned Amy Jacobson’s access to his daily press briefing, claiming she is not an “impartial journalist.” In another article, it was reported the Governor stated “It’s not the way you act, it’s not the way your colleagues in the media act who are reporters. That is not a reporter."
Not the way your colleagues in the media act?
Three days earlier WGN Radio Host Chicago Pete McMurray sent an email to the Governor's Press Secretary
"Ready to help get the word out and tell people to stick it out JUST A LITTLE BIT LONGER!!!
And no Amy Jacobson questions (maybe we should put her on mute)
Such statements raise several concerns.
- Is this radio host being impartial or simply carrying the message for the Governor?
- How is a free press supposed to operate when members of the press are suggesting no questions from a particular reporter?
- How is a free press supposed to operate when members of the press are suggesting a reporter be muted?
Clearly, such questions point to a lack of impartiality and conflict with the Governor's statement regarding how colleagues in the media act. We have not seen the WGN Radio Host get banned for what appears to be a clear attempt to suppress a free press, and rather than reporting, carrying the water for the Governor.
We suspect this email will become part of the federal lawsuit Amy Jacobson filed against the Governor.
Our readers should know the Governor and his press secretary had denied us access to the same press conferences for months. Only after we had our attorney send them our intent to sue letter for access did they provide us the appropriate access information.
We will update with a new article as the Jacobson case makes its way through the courts.