A white reporter at a right-wing media outlet founded by Fox News host Tucker Carlson has sued Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot over a temporary decision to interview only journalists of color.
The Thomas Catanasi and the Daily Color News Foundation claim that Lightfoot discriminated between reporters because of its race.
He argues that Lightfoot violated his First Amendment rights and Katenaki’s right to equal protection by not responding to requests for interviews in his office on or after his second anniversary.
The lawsuit was filed Thursday in federal court in Chicago by Judicial Watch, a conservative organization.
Chicago’s first black woman and first open-minded mayor, Lightfoot, announced on May 1 that she would give a special interview to a colorful journalist on May 20 to mark the second anniversary of her inauguration.
She said that according to her, the press corps is “extremely white” and only one-third of the male population there is where men are “extremely white” to draw attention to the fact.
Among the critics was Carlson, who called Lightfoot a “monster” and a racist.
Lightfoot reiterated its position on the May 20 event, and called on media organizations to diversify.
Lightfoot said, “The fact that the City Hall Press Corps is extremely white, a little short on the path to diversity, is embarrassing.” “One day out of Day 365, I say I’m celebrating the anniversary by giving a single person to color journalists in my two years in office, and the world has lost its mind.”
Katanyasi’s case states that he emailed requests for a single on-interview on May 20, 21 and 2. It says it had not received any response until Thursday.
Jeffrey Stone, a professor at the University of Chicago, told the Chicago Tribune that he would be fired. He noted that officials generally prefer shops, and Lightfoot said his decision was not a blanket policy.
“She’s only been talking for a day, it seems to have flown in proportion, to mess with it,” Stone said.