Conservative Group Sues Wisconsin's Democrat Governor for Press Access

NewsBusters | 8/15/2019 | Staff
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While CNN has obsessed over the Trump administration denying access to hostile journalists in the White House press, only Fox News has noticed that the Democratic governor of Wisconsin, Tony Evers, is giving the cold shoulder to the conservative media in Madison.

The MacIver Institute, which calls itself the "free market voice for Wisconsin," initially asked Gov. Evers' office to add them to the media list when he first took office in January. But they didn't receive a response, and haven't received a media advisory notifying them of the governor's planned news conferences or announcements. They also say they were blocked from attending a late February budget briefing hosted by the governor's office, which provided reporters with embargoed information about Evers' proposed two-year spending plan.

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So last week, they filed suit against the governor's office.

“The First Amendment guarantees freedom of the press. Courts nationwide have held this means government officials can’t pick and choose which reporters cover their public events. Gov. Evers has spent the past six months excluding the MacIver journalists from his press conferences and briefings. That’s wrong,” said Daniel Suhr, associate senior attorney at the Liberty Justice Center, which was hired by MacIver. “Our country relies on vigilant watchdogs from the news media, and government officials can’t duck hard questions by barring anyone who might ask those questions in a briefing.”

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On August 9, Fox News at Night with Shannon Bream explored this controversy.

Attorney Jenna Ellis Rives suggested to Bream to imagine "President Trump saying, or the Press Secretary's office or the DOJ saying, we are going to exclude...
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