Lori Lightfoot is an absolute disaster as Chicago’s mayor. She is presiding over skyrocketing crimes. She is losing the Chicago Bears to the safer suburbs. She infamously got haircuts during the height of Covid lockdowns.
And she can’t tolerate anyone asking tough questions or pointing these issues out, especially when she faces a tough reelection this November.
Appearing on Fox’s Tucker Carlson Tonight, the Daily Mail’s William J. Kelley took Lightfoot to task for her textbook political censorship, which his lawsuit contends violates fundamental Constitutional rights. Describing the textbook move, Kelly said it was “a textbook from Venezuela.”
I believe that journalism is extremely important,” Kelly told Tucker Carlson. “I’ve had a media credential in Chicago for over 10 years. Emmy award-winning. Print, radio, TV, but Mayor Lightfoot is the least transparent mayor in our city’s history, and sadly, for better or for worse, the reason my questions were so effective, is because I was asking the questions that real Chicagoans wanted to hear. But they were hurting her re-election campaign so she canceled by media credential.”
Fox News writes about the pending legal case:
In the suit, Kelly alleged that upon Lightfoot’s instruction, Brown “directed a police officer assigned to Lightfoot’s seventy officer strong security force to fabricate a report that Kelly had bumped into him on July 19, 2022. Brown then used this false report as a pretext to revoke Kelly’s press credentials on August 8, 2022.”
“In fact, the entire episode where this bump was falsely alleged to have taken place was videotaped by Kelly and this video shows no such bump took place,” the suit reads.
A recording from Kelly of the July 19 incident shows him following Lightfoot after she avoided taking his question at a press conference and being physically blocked by her personnel.
The footage, which was previously shared by The Daily Caller, includes Kelly repeatedly shouting “Don’t touch me” to her personnel, who immediately denied he touched the journalist.
Continuing with Tucker Carlson, Kelly added that revoking journalist credentials “has a chilling effect on all reporters.” It wasn’t all that long ago that the corporate media pretended that Trump had waged war on freedom of the press by calling left-wing, Democrat mouthpiece outlets as fake news shills for the opposition; now, it’s perfectly fine to remove a journalist if he exposes Democrats as worthless buffoons.
Kelly went on to say:
“They see that I asked real questions, and got my credential revoked, canceled I guess would be a better word. I grew up in Chicago watching legendary reporters…chasing politicians up and down the street…and this is the tradition I want to uphold,” he said. “This is the Chicago reporter tradition that Lightfoot wants to cancel
It’s my prayer that a federal judge will restore my media credential tomorrow, so I can go back to Chicago City Hall.”
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