Chicago Mayor Sued for Excluding White Reporters

by mcardinal

Justin Bullock, FISM News


Daily Caller Reporter Thomas Catenacci is suing Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot due to Mayor Lightfoot’s decision to only allow reporters of color to interview her. Mr. Catenacci, a white man, believes that Mayor Lightfoot is engaging in racial discrimination violating his equal protection rights as well as his First Amendment rights as a member of the press. Mayor Lightfoot said her reason for imposing interview restrictions was due to her view that reporters of color are in the significant minority and regularly discriminated against. Mayor Lightfoot tweeted,

The Chicago Mayor’s position has been met with significant blowback from local leaders and especially members of the local and national press. Gregory Pratt, a Latino man and reporter with the Chicago Tribune, tweeted in response to the Mayor’s proclamation,

Jacqueline Serrato, the editor-in-chief of South Side Weekly, a publication that largely covers news for Chicago’s heavily Black and Latino neighborhoods, tweeted her displeasure with the mayor as well,

Finally, George Cardenas, a local Chicago politician and leader tweeted short and sweet in direct response to the Mayor,

It should be noted that the Mayor’s decision is not unprecedented, as “U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, the first Native American to lead a Cabinet department, granted the first interviews after confirmation to Native American journalists” as reported by the Associated Press. However, no court has made a ruling on any case with a similar fact pattern to the current one, so the outcome of Mr. Catenacci’s suit is very much up in the air. Some legal experts like University of Chicago Law professor Geoffrey Stone have expressed doubts that the pending lawsuit will hold any water in court, but much is to be decided in the coming days.