Judge Orders Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot To Clarify Racist Interview Policy

Lightfoot’s lawyers claim at hearing that policy denying interviews to White journalists is no longer in place



A judge told lawyers for Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, D., Monday to provide a declaration by the end of the week as to whether her policy of only granting interviews to journalists of color was still in effect or would be in the future.

Conservative watchdog Judicial Watch asked the court for an injunction against Lightfoot’s policy last week, saying it was unconstitutional, but Lightfoot’s attorneys said at a remote hearing Monday that the policy was not in effect and the request was unnecessary, according to reports.

Judicial Watch filed a lawsuit against Lightfoot on behalf of the Daily Caller News Foundation last month, alleging Lightfoot violated White reporter Thomas Catenacci’s equal protection rights under the Fourteenth Amendment when she didn’t respond to multiple requests for interviews, as well as his First Amendment rights.

Lightfoot sparked outrage when she said last month she would only grant interviews to reporters of color upon the two-year anniversary of her taking office, while admonishing Chicago’s City Hall press corps for its “overwhelming whiteness.”

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