|Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot|
Lawsuit Continues As Mayor Tells New York Times
She “Would Absolutely Do It Again”
(Washington, DC) - Judicial Watch announced it filed an amended complaint in its lawsuit
on behalf of the Daily Caller News Foundation and reporter Thomas Catenacci
against Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot for violating their First Amendment
rights and Catenacci’s right to equal protection under the Fourteenth Amendment.
On May 18, 2021, a Chicago reporter tweeted that Mayor Lightfoot’s spokesperson informed her that the mayor “is granting 1 on 1 interviews – only to Black or Brown journalists.” Mayor Lightfoot subsequently released a letter stating, “By now, you have heard the news that on the occasion of the two-year anniversary of my inauguration as Mayor of this great City, I will be exclusively providing one-on-one interviews with journalists of color.” Neither Mayor Lightfoot nor her spokesperson suggested that the mayor’s new, race-based interview policy was not permanent or identified any time limit on how long the mayor intended to use race-based criteria for granting interview requests.
Chicago mayor defends granting interviews only to reporters of color