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A judge asked Chicago Mayor’s attorneys Lori Lightfoot, D., Monday to issue a statement by the end of the week on whether their policy of allowing interviews only for colored journalists was still in force or would apply in the future.
Conservative watchdog Judicial Watch last week asked the court for an injunction against Lightfoot’s policies, saying it was unconstitutional, but Lightfoot’s attorneys said at a remote hearing on Monday that the policy was not in effect and the motion was reportedly unnecessary .
Judicial Watch filed a lawsuit against Lightfoot last month on behalf of the Daily Caller News Foundation, alleging that Lightfoot infringed the same rights of white reporter Thomas Catenacci under the Fourteenth Amendment when it failed to respond to multiple interview requests as well as his First Amendment.
CHICAGO MAYOR LIGHTFOOT REQUESTED BY DAILY CALL AFTER WHITE REPORTER HAS NOT BEEN GRANTED AN INTERVIEW
Lightfoot sparked outrage last month when she said she would only interview reporters of the Color on the two-year anniversary of her inauguration while admonishing the Chicago City Hall press corps for its “overwhelming whiteness.”
Judicial Watch attorneys protested that Lightfoot had failed to provide evidence that their rejection of Catenacci’s interview requests was not race based, the Daily Caller said, causing Judge John Z. Lee to have Lightfoot’s team clarify his by the end of the week To order politics.
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According to the complaint filed with the court, Catenacci sent Lightfoot emails on May 20, 21, and 24 asking for interviews about her government’s efforts to vaccinate Chicagoans and other coronavirus issues. The lawsuit alleges that Lightfoot “deliberately discriminated against” Catenacci because of his race, according to her own statement.
Lightfoot has been harshly criticized for the policy, with some observers calling it progressive and even racial discrimination.