I have been the only political reporter at several of Gov. Pritzker’s press conferences this year. He’s up against coverage of Mayor Lightfoot - and several media outlets are simply understaffed. Just noting the stark difference to coverage of Bruce Rauner. He’s probably jealous.
== we’re gonna CGI a crowd or something, you understand ==
Oswego Willy, will the CGI crowd consist of several dozen CGI Tinas? Or will all the other statehouse reporters get their digital replicas in there?
Three things at play here:
1. the media is drawn to conflict and there’s just not a lot of conflict in state politics right now.
2. the closing of media outlets and thinning of the press corps. 3. A basic rule-of-thumb that the Chicago media just cares a heck of a lot more about what’s happening in City Hall than they do about what happens in Springfield. True now and it has been that way for probably a century or more.
A lot of JB’s news conferences are inconsequential babble for mundane issues that always seem to end up on Page 6 below the fold. He’s never going to win the popularity poll in the city where the Mayor is king. Might as well take his dog and pony show to the downstate media markets where he seldom seems to visit.