Embattled Mayor Lori Lightfoot stepped in it again causing one to ask who she has advising her. She has stumbled from one self-created debacle to another with solutions only adding to the problem. At the midway point in her four-year term, reelection seems but a distant hope.
Much depends on how she reopens the city but based on her stunning inability to change course when presented with new informaiton, unlike DeSantis, the smart money is that she will botch that too. But before she even gets that chance, she needs to fix another scandal she created.
A Chicago Tribune reporter just snubbed Lightfoot over her policy to only grant interviews to people of color. If she loses the press she is doomed as they give cover to Dems. Gregory Pratt said: “I am a Latino reporter at the Chicago Tribune whose interview request was granted for today. However, I asked the mayor’s office to lift its condition on others and when they said no, we respectfully canceled. Politicians don’t get to choose who covers them.”
This gives the scandal legs but it started when NBC 5 Chicago political reporter Mary Ann Ahern took to Twitter to blow the whistle on Lori after she was refused an interview to mark the “midway point” of Lightfoot’s first term.
“As @chicagosmayor reaches her two year midway point as mayor, her spokeswoman says Lightfoot is granting 1 on 1 interviews – only to Black or Brown journalists,” Ahern said.
Other reporters quickly confirmed the news.
“I was told the same thing,” WTTW Chicago Tonight anchor and correspondent Paris Schutz said.
“I can confirm,” Chicago politics reporter Heather Cherone said.
Lori defended her policy saying: “I ran to break up the status quo that was failing so many. That isn’t just in City Hall. It’s a shame that in 2021, the City Hall press corps is overwhelmingly White in a city where more than half of the city identifies as Black, Latino, AAPI or Native American.
“Diversity and inclusion is imperative across all institutions including media. In order to progress we must change.
“This is exactly why I’m being intentional about prioritizing media requests from POC reporters on the occasion of the two-year anniversary of my inauguration as mayor of this great city.
“This is an imbalance that needs to change. Chicago is a world-class city. Our local media should reflect the multiple cultures that comprise it.
“We must be intentional about doing better. I believed that when running for office. I stand on this belief now. It’s time for the newsrooms to do better and build teams that reflect the make-up of our city.”
I am a Latino reporter @chicagotribune whose interview request was granted for today. However, I asked the mayor’s office to lift its condition on others and when they said no, we respectfully canceled. Politicians don’t get to choose who covers them. https://t.co/YMW8M8ZgJm
— Gregory Pratt (@royalpratt) May 19, 2021
I was told the same thing.
— Paris Schutz (@paschutz) May 18, 2021
— Becky Vevea (@beckyvevea) May 19, 2021
This is exactly why I'm being intentional about prioritizing media requests from POC reporters on the occasion of the two-year anniversary of my inauguration as mayor of this great city.
— Mayor Lori Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) May 19, 2021