Judicial Watch has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a white reporter for the Daily Caller News Foundation who claims Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is violating his civil rights by only granting interviews to “black or brown reporters.”
Lightfoot revealed her discriminatory policy in a letter to local media outlets earlier this month.
“By now, you may have heard the news that on the occasion of the two-year anniversary of my inauguration as Mayor of this great City, I will be exclusively providing one-on-one interviews with journalists of color,” Lightfoot said in a letter.
NBC 5 Chicago political reporter Mary Ann Ahern would also tweet: “As [the mayor of Chicago] reaches her two year midway point as mayor, her spokeswoman says Lightfoot is granting 1 on 1 interviews – only to Black or Brown journalists.”
Multiple reporters confirmed the news.
— Brandi Kruse (@BrandiKruse) May 23, 2021
Lori Lightfoot Sued For Civil Rights Violation By White Reporter
Judicial Watch, the government watchdog group, announced that they had filed a lawsuit on behalf of Thomas Catenacci, a white male reporter for the Daily Caller News Foundation, against Lori Lightfoot over the media practice.
The lawsuit – which you can read here – alleges that Catenacci reached out for a one-on-one interview with Lightfoot and followed up on more than one occasion but received no response.
“Preventing journalists from doing our jobs in such a blatantly discriminatory way is wrong and does a disservice to our readers who come from all backgrounds,” Catenacci said.
“Every journalist and every person who consumes the news should be concerned by Mayor Lightfoot’s actions,” he added. “This affects everyone. I look forward to holding the mayor accountable.”
WATCH: @ThomasCatenacci went on Fox & Friends First today along with Judicial Watch President @TomFitton to talk about their lawsuit being filed against Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot for refusing to grant interviews based on race. pic.twitter.com/hLNLNrA9I4
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) May 28, 2021
Former Democratic congresswoman and presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard blasted Lightfoot last week upon learning of the mayor’s discriminatory actions.
Gabbard said Lightfoot’s “blatant anti-white racism is abhorrent” while urging other prominent members of her party to call for the Chicago mayor’s resignation.
“Our leaders must condemn all racism, including anti-white,” she tweeted.
Mayor Lightfoot’s blatant anti-white racism is abhorrent. I call upon President Biden, Kamala Harris, and other leaders of our county—of all races—to join me in calling for Mayor Lightfoot’s resignation. Our leaders must condemn all racism, including anti-white.
— Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiGabbard) May 21, 2021
Lightfoot defended her actions by suggesting she was “breaking barriers” before blasting the Chicago media for their “overwhelming whiteness and maleness.”
It’s not truly breaking barriers if breaking one means creating another.
The policy has been ‘clarified’ since by staff noting that it was only in effect for interviews related to Lightfoot’s two-year anniversary in office.
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I look forward to holding her accountable. https://t.co/yL4WzAoxgI
— Thomas Catenacci (@ThomasCatenacci) May 27, 2021
“Racial discrimination has no place in America, especially in the halls of government,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton declared.
“Mayor Lightfoot’s admitted policy of race-based discrimination is flagrantly illegal and immoral.”
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