Pritzker Bans Journalist Reporting on His Family’s Lockdown Violations
Stories like these make us wonder who gets to decide on the legitimacy of a reporter. This question is heavy on our minds now that a lawsuit has been filed by the Salem Media Group. For those who are unaware, they are the parent company of the Townhall Media Group. The lawsuit has been filed against the Democratic governor of Illinois, J.B. Pritzer.
Amy Jacobson has worked with the Salem Chicago affiliate in the past. As a reporter and radio host, she would regularly attend the governor’s COVID-19 briefings. She was one of the few who was willing to question the governor’s commerce and movement stances during the lockdown period. It did not take long before she was blocked from attending the briefings.
Salem Media Group is not about to accept this without a fight. They want Amy’s access restored immediately. The Liberty Justice Center is also on the case. The attorneys who are fighting on her behalf have demanded immediate restoration of her credentials. Pritzker’s argument against Amy Jacobson is definitely not a strong one.
Veteran Chicago journalist Amy Jacobson and the news station she reports for, Salem Media, have filed a federal lawsuit against Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker after he announced Jacobson is no longer allowed at his media briefings.
The lawsuit, Salem Media of Illinois, LLC v. Pritzker, was filed today in the Northern District of Illinois. Attorneys also are asking the court to take immediate action to allow Jacobson back into the press briefings. The lawsuit was filed by attorneys from the Liberty Justice Center, a public interest law firm that won the 2018 Supreme Court case Janus v. AFSCME.
He claims that she has attended rallies that are anti shutdown. She can no longer attend the briefings because this ‘fact’ is supposed to diminish her credibility. We suspect that this would not be an issue if she had not decided to challenge the governor in the past. Now, Pritzker wants any excuse that he can find to keep her away from his precious briefings.
It’s very telling how these incidents tend to be handled. If someone on the right is willing to exclude a leftist in this manner, they are told that they are racists who are silencing the truth. When the left bans the right? It turns into an entirely different issue. According to Pritzker, Jacobson is now considered to be an extremist.
What is he actually basing this on, though? All she did was attend a rally. She did not carry any signage that indicated an extreme position. Instead, she is being punished for the behaviors of others at this rally. In the wake of the violent Black Lives Matter protests that have caused the left to use the same excuse about non affiliated protesters using the rallies to promote their own agendas, this is especially interesting.
The peaceful protesters at these rallies want everyone to view their actions in a nuanced manner, right? That is what we have been led to believe. So where is the same nuance when it comes to this whole brouhaha? Jacobson should not have her credentials taken away from her for attending one rally and it does not matter how you slice it.
The real reason for Pritzker’s rage is a simple one. She was willing to report on his unwillingness to follow to stay at home orders that had been put into place. He and his family were traveling to all sorts of estates and jet setting in between Illinois and Florida. The stay at home orders that he wanted everyone else to follow did not apply to him.
— Amy Jacobson (@AmyJacobson) May 16, 2020
Since his hypocrisy has been exposed, he is doing everything that he can to make sure that no one else learns about his misdeeds. You can only silence the truth for so long, though. Eventually, everything that you do in the dark will come to light. This is a lesson that the governor should have learned a very long time ago. Now, he is poised to learn it the hard way.
The governor’s attempt at paying back Jacobson for her audacity is as transparent as it gets. If elected officials like him were left to their own devices, they would never let anyone else speak. The leftists may act as if the Republicans are the ones who are trying to enact a dictatorship but they do not ever allow anyone to express an opinion that goes against their own. It’s quite the double standard and quite frankly, we are tired of it.