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Chicago Mayor: Not if you’re white

By Leah Barkoukis, Townhall

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot confirmed claims that she was only granting exclusive, one-on-one interviews to black or brown journalists, defending her decision in a two-page letter to Chicago media outlets on Wednesday.

“I have been struck since my first day on the campaign trail back in 2018 by the overwhelming whiteness and maleness of Chicago media outlets, editorial boards, the political press corps, and yes, the City Hall press corps specifically,” Lightfoot wrote in the letter.

“While there are women of color who sometimes cover my administration, there are zero women of color assigned to the City Hall beat. Zero. I find this unacceptable,” the mayor said.

The letter came after a firestorm was set off on Twitter when a local reporter brought attention to the way the mayor grants interviews as Lightfoot nears the halfway mark of her first term.

Lightfoot also took to Twitter to discuss the issue further.

One local reporter said he canceled his interview with her in protest. A Washington Post reporter responded, pointing out that while it’s normal to pick and choose who to conduct an interview with, it’s rarely done based on gender or race – “or at least they don’t admit they do.”

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