Lightfoot accused the interview of being limited to colored reporters

Chicago (AP) — A white reporter from the conservative press has filed a proceeding over the decision by Mayor of Chicago Lori Lightfoot to allow an interview during her first term. Only for journalists of color, She said she discriminated against him because of his race.

Thomas Catenacci and his employer, The Daily Caller News Foundation, have stated in their Constitutional Amendment Article 1 because Lightfoot did not respond to an interview request on the second anniversary of his inauguration or on the second anniversary of his inauguration. He continued to argue in the proceedings that he violated his right to rights and equal protection. The proceedings were filed in federal court in Chicago by conservative Judicial Watch on Thursday.

Lightfoot, who The mayor who professed to be Chicago’s first black woman and first gay. On May 19, she said she would be interviewed. Celebrate the second anniversary Her inauguration on May 20 is exclusively for journalists of color. She said the city hall press was intended to pay attention to the fact that they were “overwhelmingly white” and that whites were men in cities with only about one-third of the population.

Critics of this decision included Fox News host Tucker Carlson. He founded The Daily Caller and called Lightfoot a “monster” and a racist.

Lightfoot reiterated his position at an event celebrating the 20th May anniversary, calling on media organizations to diversify their staff.

“It’s embarrassing that the city hall reporters are overwhelmingly white and have little diversity,” Wrightfoot said. “One of 365 days, I say I’m celebrating my second anniversary by giving journalists of color an exclusive one-on-one call. The world goes crazy.”

Professor Jeffrey Stone of the University of Chicago Faculty of Law Chicago Tribune He expects the court to withdraw the proceedings. He said civil servants generally chose which press to support, and Lightfoot said the decision applies to one date and is not a comprehensive policy.

“Given she’s talking about the day, it seems exaggerated to make a fuss,” Stone said.

According to Catenacci’s proceedings, he sent an email on May 20, 21 and 24 requesting a one-on-one interview with Lightfoot.

“Based on information and belief, the defendant recognizes that the plaintiff Catenatch is not a” journalist of color “, and the defendant only allows interview requests from” journalists of color “. We have dismissed the request for an interview with the lawyer, “said the lawsuit. ..