America’s third most populous city leader confessed she refused multiple media interview requests because the reporter was white.
Democratic Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s office openly admitted to having a policy of refusing access to Caucasian journalists.
Office of the Mayor Communications Director Kate LeFurgy was recently caught saying her employer organized a two-day “press tour,” comprising of six interviews that were “exclusively” offered to “journalists of color.”
“The admissions appear in a sworn declaration by Mayor Lightfoot’s communications director, who also declares the racially discriminatory policy is allegedly no longer in effect,” Judicial Watch said in a statement. “There are ‘no plans’ to reinstate the race-based exclusions of journalists.”
The mayor was surprised to learn her office was sued for allegedly discriminating against white reporters. She claimed she only intended to point out the lack of diversity across the media industry.
“The fact that the City Hall press corps is overwhelmingly white, has very little in the way of diversity, is an embarrassment,” she said according to the Associated Press. “One day out of 365, I say that I am going to mark the anniversary of my two years in office by giving exclusive one-on-ones to journalists of color, and the world loses its mind.”
However, The Daily Caller strongly disagrees and accuses the Democrat of repeatedly ignoring emailed requests for an interview about her second anniversary in office.
“Almost two weeks after plaintiffs’s request and, despite two follow-up emails, Mayor Lightfoot has not agreed to an interview with [reporter Thomas] Catenacci, apparently due to the mayor’s ‘journalists of color’ only interview policy,” a representative said in the court document.
The publication alleged the policy was not only racist but also unconstitutional. Moreover, the incident had even allegedly resulted in Catenacci suffering significant damages.
“The mayor’s refusal to be interviewed by Catenacci violates plaintiffs’s First Amendment rights and Catenacci’s right to equal protection,” the court document said. “Plaintiffs move for a preliminary injunction to prevent further, irreparable harm.”
The remarks came after the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois’s Eastern Division asked Lightfoot to clarify whether she was prejudiced against white journalists on June 6. The mayor agreed this was true and promised to terminate the “journalists of color” policy and refrain from reinstating it in the future.
However, these measures are unlikely to help her chances of reaching an early settlement.
“Mayor Lightfoot’s office today [June 11] shockingly confirmed to a federal court that she discriminates on the basis of race in the conduct of her public office,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in the statement. “This racism is blatantly unconstitutional.”