Democratic Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot attracted widespread criticism earlier this year upon announcing that she would only grant interviews to minority reporters.
The move was interpreted by critics as inherently racist and a lawsuit against her was soon filed. Now, her office is being ordered to answer some tough questions.
“Pleased by the federal court ruling”
Conservative investigative group Judicial Watch announced in May that it would join the Daily Caller News Foundation and journalist Thomas Catenacci in court.
On Friday, Judicial Watch revealed in a press release that “a federal court ordered the deposition of a representative of Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s office in a lawsuit over her discriminatory interview policy.”
That order came in response to a hearing during which the plaintiffs made a request for discovery. Furthermore, the judge rejected a request from the mayor’s lawyers to dismiss the case. Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton reacted by celebrating the legal victory.
“We’re pleased by the federal court ruling requiring a representative of Mayor Lightfoot to explain, under oath, the scope of her racist interview policy.”
Catenacci sounded a similarly upbeat tone in his own statement, asserting that he looks “forward to understanding how the mayor’s office implemented such a discriminatory policy” in the first place.
“My rights, and the First Amendment rights of countless other reporters in America, must not be trampled upon,” he added.
“Started a long-overdue conversation”
According to Fox News, Lightfoot condemned the lawsuit during a cable news interview, calling it “completely frivolous” and explaining that she would “use a more colorful term” in a different format.
“But here’s the thing, I’m the mayor of the third-largest city in the country,” the mayor continued. “I’m an African American woman, to state the obvious. Every day when I look out across my podium, I don’t see people who look like me, but more to the point, I don’t see people who reflect the richness and diversity of the city.”
Lightfoot insisted that she “started a long-overdue conversation about diversity in newsrooms” with her order and that the media has “got to do better” in that regard.
Regardless of her ostensibly noble motives, it seems clear that the net result of her exclusionary policy is to discriminate against white reporters.