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Chicago reporters are miffed after Mayor Lori Lightfoot reportedly vowed to only grant one-on-one interviews to black or brown journalists. No whites allowed.
NBC 5 political reporter Mary Ann Ahern took to Twitter on Tuesday to mark the “midway point” of Lightfoot’s first term in office and apparently acknowledged her failed effort to land an interview.
“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 tweeted.
“I was told the same thing,” WTTW Chicago Tonight anchor and correspondent Paris Schutz reacted to Ahern’s tweet.
“I can confirm,” Chicago politics reporter Heather Cherone similarly tweeted.
The mayor’s decision to cancel culture the lily-white journalists caused a bit of a kerfuffle on social media. On one side are folks who call the mayor a racist. On the other are defenders of the mayor who say the white reporters are showing signs of privilege.