By: Diane Benjamin
Some time around 2017 the rules changed at the Law and Justice Center for taking electronic devices inside the building. The head Circuit Court judge appointed a member of the media to approve press credentials so they could take in cameras, cell phones etc. The first press coordinator was Edith Brady-Lunny who at the time worked for the Pantagraph.
I’m betting she contacted all the preferred press and approved credentials for them. I was not contacted and had no idea the program even existed. I was accused years ago of violating rules I didn’t know existed, taking pictures.
The Edgar County Watchdogs applied for press credentials for themselves and me as one of their associates. Even though the Watchdogs have credentials in many Illinois counties, Lunny denied them credentials here.
Edith is no longer the press coordinator because she left the Pantagraph. She is now an employee of WGLT, a new press coordinator has been named – also from WGLT: Ryan Denham.
Without press credentials I can’t spend hours listening to testimony – I can’t disconnect from the outside world for that long. Meanwhile, no other press was present at the Justin Barr case but many of them reported details after I did. When John Butler finally goes on trial I won’t be able to cover it. Keep in mind if I hadn’t exposed shenanigans for years at the Coliseum he wouldn’t be on trial. (Regardless of what Bloomington claims!)
WGLT is the press being used by the Town of Normal to attack Stan Nord. We know WGLT did a hit piece and refused to say where their information came from: https://blnnews.com/2020/02/21/remember-the-letter-leaked-to-wglt-about-stan/
This week I decided to test Ryan Denham just to see how biased he is. I sent this email:
This was his response:
I responded with this two days ago:
No surprise, he didn’t answer.
I know the local press hates BlnNews. Many local officials hate BlnNews because of the many items exposed here.
What both really hate is informed readers.
That would be you. Denying press credentials to me as BlnNews is just the latest proof.
It appears I have no recourse. Congrats Ryan Denham, you failed the biased test, just like your predecessor.