Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot sued for racist policy of granting interviews only to NON-WHITE reporters
The Daily Caller News Foundation and one of its reporters are suing Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot for discrimination after she allegedly ignored their requests under her policy of doing interviews only with non-white journalists.
Government watchdog Judicial Watch filed the lawsuit on Thursday in the US District Court in Chicago on behalf of DCNF and reporter Thomas Catenacci. The plaintiffs allege that Lightfoot violated Catenacci's rights to freedom of speech and equal protection under the law when she denied him an interview on the basis of his skin color.
BREAKING: Judicial Watch today filed a lawsuit on behalf of Daily Caller & reporter Thomas Catenacci against Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot for violating their 1st Amendment Rights & Catenacci’s right to equal protection under the Fourteenth Amendment (1/3). https://t.co/ZQXfDylZIr— Judicial Watch ⚖️ (@JudicialWatch) May 27, 2021
Lightfoot's office didn't respond to three interview requests that Catenacci made between May 20 and May 24, the lawsuit alleged. The mayor announced on May 19 that she would do one-on-one interviews only with “journalists of color.” She complained of an “overwhelming whiteness and maleness” in the Chicago press corps and said she found it “unacceptable” that there were “zero women of color” assigned to cover City Hall.Also on rt.com Tulsi Gabbard calls for Chicago mayor Lightfoot to resign over ‘anti-white racism’ causing social media uproar
“It's absurd that an elected official believes she can discriminate on the basis of race,” DCNF editor-in-chief Ethan Barton said. “Mayor Lightfoot's decision is clearly blocking press freedom through racial discrimination.”
Judicial Watch said Lightfoot's policy began on May 18, when her office informed multiple reporters that she would grant interviews “only to black or brown journalists.” Since then, she has granted at least one interview to a Hispanic reporter and none to white reporters.
As @chicagosmayor reaches her two year midway point as mayor, her spokeswoman says Lightfoot is granting 1 on 1 interviews - only to Black or Brown journalists pic.twitter.com/PAUsacD9Gj— Mary Ann Ahern (@MaryAnnAhernNBC) May 18, 2021
“Racial discrimination has no place in America, especially in the halls of government,” Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton said. “Mayor Lightfoot's admitted policy of race-based discrimination is flagrantly illegal and immoral. Simply put, we're asking the court to find Mayor Lightfoot's racist abuse unlawful.”
The lawsuit asks the court to order Lightfoot to give Catenacci an interview and pay legal costs.
Mary Ann Ahern, a reporter for NBC's Chicago affiliate, told media outlet The Hill that Lightfoot's communications director complained of white reporters getting most access to the mayor. Three out of six reporters assigned to cover City Hall are white, and none of the non-white reporters is female.
I am a Latino reporter @chicagotribune whose interview request was granted for today. However, I asked the mayor’s office to lift its condition on others and when they said no, we respectfully canceled. Politicians don’t get to choose who covers them. https://t.co/YMW8M8ZgJm— Gregory Pratt (@royalpratt) May 19, 2021
Lightfoot took office in 2019, emphasizing that she was the city's first black female mayor and its first openly gay mayor.
Chicago Tribune reporter Gregory Pratt, who is Hispanic, said last week that he had successfully booked an interview with Lightfoot but “respectfully canceled” after her office refused to drop its race-based policy. “Politicians don't get to choose who covers them,” he said.Also on rt.com Chicago Mayor Lightfoot welcomes non-citizens to join civilian ‘advisory council’ overseeing police
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