A think tank in Wisconsin has filed a lawsuit against new Democratic Governor Tony Evers for his denying their press rights.
Despite having emailed an RSVP to the governor’s staff, the journalists for MacIver Institute for Public Policy, a free-market think tank based in Madison, Wisconsin, were denied entry to apress briefing on the new administration’s proposed budget in February.
“Although the news service has been denied entry to only one event, it argues that it missed dozens of others because it doesn’t receive media advisories that other outlets get,” wrote Kevin Mooney at The Daily Signal.
Appealing to the First Amendment’s prohibitions against government actions that inhibit “freedom of speech” and “freedom of the press,” MacIver Institute filed a motion Tuesday with the U.S. District Court. The motion called for the Western District of Wisconsin to stop the governor from excluding its news service from ‘generally available press events and lists announcing such events.’
So far, Evers and his staff have responded in two ways: First, they suggested the MacIver new outlet employees were not journalists. Second, they suggested that MacIver was too biased, even though Evers and his staff let in many left-leaning journalists that are also biased — just in the governor’s favor.
H/T: Daily Signal