BY JMKRAFT ON MAY 18, 2020 • ( 2 COMMENTS )
ILLINOIS (ECWd) –
From Prairie State Wire:
Three days after she broke the news that his family was spending his statewide lockdown at an equestrian estate in Wisconsin, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker revoked longtime Chicago reporter Amy Jacobson’s access to his daily press briefing, claiming she is not an “impartial journalist.”
Pritzker’s press secretary, Jordan Abudayyeh, emailed Jacobson this afternoon to inform her of the ban.
Jacobson, who co-hosts a morning drive time talk show on AM 560 with Dan Proft, worked as a general assignment television reporter for WMAQ-TV Channel 5 (NBC) in Chicago from 1996-2007.
On Friday, Jacobson was first to report that Pritzker’s wife and children, who have spent the last seven weeks at the family’s $12 million horse farm in Florida, had moved to another family horse farm in Wisconsin, just across the Illinois border.
“Now I’m hearing that Gov. Pritzker has a 1,000 acre horse farm in Kenosha, WI,” she tweeted Friday evening. “That‘s where the family is tending to the animals tonight. You know, essential workers while the rest of us have been deemed ‘non essential.’”
Pritzker later admitted his wife and children weren’t in Illinois, but claimed they were “essential” to work on his Wisconsin farm, which he said has lifestock.
Abudayyeh criticized Jacobson for her attendance at a downtown Chicago rally of Pritzker critics on Saturday.
“This weekend you attended and spoke at a political rally to fire up the crowd in opposing the Governor’s policies to combat COVID-19,” Abudayyeh said. “An impartial journalist would not have attended that rally in that capacity and therefore you will no longer be invited to participate as an impartial journalist.”