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We previously reported about Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s policy of only granting one on one interviews to minority journalists.
Lightfoot got a lot of backlash from the media over the issue and at least one journalist canceled an interview he had with her because of this policy, so it didn’t help her with the media in any way.
The policy also resulted in a lawsuit from Thomas Catenacci, a reporter with the Daily Caller News Foundation, who claimed that it was discriminatory and violating his rights since he was a white reporter.
They had a court hearing on the issue today before Judge John Z. Lee, according to the Washington Times.
Lightfoot’s attorney tried to walk it all back, saying that the rule was no longer in effect, “This is not really a point that can seriously be in dispute at this point,” her attorney said. “We just don’t think there is any need for the court to get involved.”
Translation: don’t hold us accountable for our discrimination, we’re no longer doing it.
But Catenacci’s attorney from Judicial Watch, Michael Bekesha made a great point: what’s the evidence that we have that she’s stopped this. “There’s no sworn statement or evidence in the record that this practice is no longer ongoing,” he declared.
Then a judge demanded that Lightfoot clarify her policy, what the status of it was in writing in a declaration with the court by the end of the week.
Catenacci sent her multiple emails asking for an interview and has received no response.
As we previously reported, former long-term Chicago reporter Charles Thomas called her policy a distraction from all the issues of her administration including crime.
.@chicagosmayor Lightfoot defends filtering out journalists based on their skin color: “As a woman of color, as a lesbian, it’s important to me that diversity is put front and center.” pic.twitter.com/m6yZPsWmEb
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) May 20, 2021
Now, she’s bought herself more trouble by the distraction – this racist policy – and has gotten so blasted for it and now a lawsuit, she’s backpedaling as fast as she can. Too little too late, she can’t wiggle out of it now.
She essentially claimed it was helping “diversity” to unconstitutionally discriminate against white reporters when it’s actually the opposite of “diversity.” And there’s something else that’s a bit offensive about it as well. Charles Thomas points out that she’s disturbed at the reporting of some of the media. Does she think that reporters of color are not going to be tough on her? That they’re going to give her a pass? How offensive is that?