Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s spokesperson has reportedly announced that she will only give interviews to “Black or Brown” journalists on the occasion of reaching the halfway point in her term as mayor.
The news came through local NBC 5 reporter Mary Ann Ahern:
— Mary Ann Ahern (@MaryAnnAhernNBC) May 18, 2021
Fox News noted that others confirmed that they had heard the same, including Paris Schutz of public TV station WTTW:
I was told the same thing.
— Paris Schutz (@paschutz) May 18, 2021
When Alderman George Cardenas of the 12th Ward, on the city’s southwest side, expressed disbelief, another WTTW journalist, political reporter Heather Cherone, confirmed the report:
I can confirm, alderman
— Heather Cherone (@HeatherCherone) May 18, 2021
It is not clear whether the mayor’s racial policy applies only to one-on-one interviews, or whether it will extend to future interviews.
Lightfoot, the city’s first black female mayor, and also the first lesbian mayor, has been a target of public criticism for her harsh policies during the coronavirus pandemic, her failure to manage the Black Lives Matter riots, and a sharp rise in crime throughout the already-violent city.
Earlier this week, as Breitbart News reported, Lightfoot said that Chicagoans who had received the coronavirus vaccine should still wear masks, despite new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance suggesting that it is not necessary to do so.
Last year, Mayor Lightfoot referred to then-White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany as a “Karen,” a term that is often used to refer specifically to suburban white women.
McEnany had called the mayor “derelict” for her mismanagement of the city, including the crime wave.
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