Are we even allowed to say her name? Or is she just She Who Must Be Obeyed?
A Wisconsin reporter says he was blocked Tuesday from covering a Democratic rally in Madison headlined by first lady Michelle Obama — a week after another reporter claimed she was told at a similar event in Milwaukee not to speak with people in the crowd.
The latest incident has raised concerns from free press groups.
The reporter, Adam Tobias, works for Wisconsin Reporter — the Wisconsin arm of the news site Watchdog.org. He was trying to attend a rally for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke and claimed to have submitted his request for credentials on Saturday, “shortly after the Burke campaign sent a news release outlining the logistics.”
But the reporter was told he could not attend, and videotaped his encounter with a spokeswoman for the state Democratic Party on Monday.
Spokeswoman Melissa Baldauff initially did not give a reason for denying entry to Tobias. But when the reporter told her they would write a story on press being turned away, she suggested Watchdog.org was not part of the press.
“Well, you’re not the press though, so, thanks,” Baldauff said, closing the door.
Ooh, she sure told you! What’s one step below the “press”? Maggots? Scum? Fungus?
Any reporter not leashed and muzzled:
Franklin Center President Jason Stverak blasted the state party for preventing the site from covering Tuesday’s rally — one of two Michelle Obama was headlining for Democratic candidates.
“The problem with our political process is a lack of transparency, and the most recent move by the Democratic Party of Wisconsin is an affront to free speech and the freedom of the press,” he said in a statement. “Having said that, I think we understand what’s at work here: Wisconsin Reporter has broken some of the most important stories in the state, not all of them comfortable for the Democratic Party leadership. We will continue to report the truth, and we won’t be deterred by petty, partisan politics.”
According to Watchdog.org, free press groups voiced concern about the decision. “It seems to me that Wisconsin Reporter ought to be able to attend the event and report on it,” Mark Pitsch, president of the local chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, said.
Wisconsin has some of the farthest Left Leftists, and the farther Left you go, the more fascist you become. Don’t take my word for it—just look at the behavior of the Wisconsin Democrat Party.
PS: Michelle was not speaking on the virtues of kale; she was making a very partisan appearance. Her role was political, not private.