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2329, 28 Feb 19

MacIver Banned From Government Briefing

Well, well… I seem to remember liberals getting their knickers in a twist when the White House banned a single reporter (not the news agency) from briefings.

Evers administration made that clear — again — on Thursday afternoon, when his handlers barred MacIver News Service from attending a Capitol Press Corps budget preview powwow behind closed East Wing doors.

This, despite the fact that MacIver has long been a credentialed Capitol news organization in good standing.

The usual players were there — the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Wisconsin State Journal, the Associated Press, TV reporters.

They were all on the “list” that Evers’ comms director Melissa Baldauff sent out earlier in the week. MacIver News Service learned about the press briefing and sent two requests – at 12:30 Wednesday afternoon, and again Thursday morning — asking to attend.


Two MacIver News Service reporters arrived with other Capitol Press Corps journalists just before 1 p.m., when the press briefing was slated to begin. An Evers official told the reporters that MacIver News was not on “the list.” When a MacIver reporter noted the news agency had sent two email requests to attend the briefing, the governor’s handler said she would speak to Baldauff.

She came back a moment later and said that she was sorry but news organizations had to “RSVP” to the meeting by 12:30 p.m. Thursday. Those who did not would not be allowed in. When a MacIver News Service reporter informed the official that MacIver did not receive a notice and could not possibly have RSVP’d, the official suggested MacIver call Baldauff, who, of course, would not be taking calls at the time of the briefing.

Baldauff and other Evers’ communications officials have repeatedly failed to respond to MacIver News Service’s request for comment and information. They did finally respond to MacIver’s open records request seeking salary information for Evers’ cabinet members. That document revealed state secretaries have received double-digit raises from the salaries of their predecessors in the Walker administration.


2329, 28 February 2019


  1. Kevin Scheunemann

    Jim A got banned for being a rude liberal jerk.

    MacIver got banned for what? Being good news reporters.

    Given the outrage for a misbehaving press thug from. cNN,
    The liberal outrage here should be 100 times worse here!

    Oh, I forgot, liberals are hypocrites when it comes to press freedom!

    Owen is right, left wing crickets!

  2. Mar

    Shows again that liberals are just snowflakes and cowards.

  3. jjf

    I’m sure this story isn’t over, so why jump to conclusions?

  4. Kevin Scheunemann


    You mean we should not act like Kamala Harris and Corey Booker initially on Jussie Smollett story?

    Then, when truth on hoax came out, not only did they not apologize, they said “we need to wait for facts to come out”…and have yet to denounce the evil of the hoax! Despite a black police chief eloquently laying the facts out!

    Don’t worry, I am nether stupid, or a coward toward exposing evil.

    But that is a HUGE problem with liberal Democrat Presidential candidates!

  5. jjf

    Yes, it’s a good idea to wait in some situations, isn’t it? The facts will come out.

    Does M. D. Kittle have a track record of working himself into a lather over self-generated slights?  You bet.

  6. Kevin Scheunemann


    There is no alternate set of facts here.

    Liberal elitism excluding good press.

    Kamala Harris and Corey Booker accuse people of universal racism on far less.

  7. steveegg

    Something tells me that, unlike Fox News did when Jim Acosta got banned from the White House briefings, the MJS/WSJ/AP won’t be standing up for MacIver.

  8. jjf

    I disagree, Steve.  The press corp is pretty good about standing up for each other.  MacIver is press, right?  Or are you suggesting they aren’t?

  9. Merlin

    Message received. Dissenting redheaded step-children will not be tolerated.

  10. Kevin Scheunemann


    I’m suggesting liberal press is weak on the outrage here.

    They were practically blowing their spout for Jim the thug.

  11. steveegg

    Good way to twist words, Faust, but that’s what you do “best”.

  12. jjf

    BFD, Kevin.  Where was the WisGOP when they wanted to shut out all the press and public in various ways in the Walker administration?

  13. Kevin Scheunemann

    Walker shut someone out of a press conference, when?

    Stop making stuff up.

  14. jjf

    The Act 10 meetings without notice?

    The proposed gutting of the open records law on the Friday before the Fourth weekend in 2015?

    Walker’s innumerable invite-only events?

    Where was the WisGOP?  Oh, they were the ones doing it.

  15. Kevin Scheunemann


    What Act 10 meetings without notice?

    The open records thing was legislators, and you will recall Owen and myself opposed it!

    We call a spade a spade, unlike liberals.

  16. kjanz1899

    Twenty four hours later and no explanation.

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