Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is getting sued because she rejected an interview with a white reporter, according to Fox News.
The lawsuit states that Lightfoot violated reporter Thomas Catenacci’s equal protection rights under the Fourteenth Amendment after refusing to reply to requests for an interview.
Earlier this month Lori Lightfoot gave statements that she would only accept one-on-one interviews with people of color.
“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 stated.
“Every journalist and every person who consumes the news should be concerned by Mayor Lightfoot’s actions.”
“This affects everyone. I look forward to holding the mayor accountable.”
From Fox News:
Latino Chicago Tribune reporter Gregory Pratt canceled an interview with Lightfoot over her policy, which drew criticism for discriminating in the name of being progressive.
Lightfoot’s office did not return a request for comment.
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According to the complaint filed with the courthouse, Catenacci sent Lightfoot emails on May 20, May 21, and May 24, requesting interviews about her administration’s efforts to vaccinate Chicagoans and other coronavirus issues. The lawsuit alleges Lightfoot “purposefully discriminated” against Catenacci because of his race, according to her own stated policy.
Lightfoot was interviewed last week by MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle, who is White, making it unclear if she was reserving her race-based policy for only local journalists. Catenacci is defined in the lawsuit as a “national reporter” who covers the economy, politics, and labor issues.
The suit requests the court require Lightfoot to grant Catenacci’s interview request and pay for any attorneys’ fees and litigation costs.