CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Tuesday that she will only give one-on-one interviews to Black and Brown media on the second anniversary of her inauguration.
During her one-on-one interview with WGN’s Tahman Bradley, she justified her decision.
The accusation by Lightfoot that Chicago newsrooms are lacking in diversity has sparked passionate debate regarding race.
“As a woman of colour, as a lesbian, it’s vital to me that diversity be put front and centre on this one day when we are looking at the two-year anniversary of my inauguration,” Lightfoot said.
The largely white City Hall press corps was enraged at the action.
On Twitter, the indignation was palpable. According to one Latino newspaper reporter, he consented to the sit-down but then declined to make a point.
“If I, as the first black woman mayor, don’t challenge us, the collective us, to do better, to truly ensure that diversity, subtlety, and texture are reflected in every institution, then shame on me,” Lightfoot added.
Lightfoot has a reputation for squabbling with opponents or interrogators. According to hacked emails, the mayor was furious with negative reporting and commentary and terminated her subscription to the Chicago Tribune.
“It has nothing to do with that,” Lightfoot answered when asked whether this was retaliation. The facts are what they are. Take a look at the reporters covering City Hall.”
As a former television political reporter, political analyst Charles Thomas is well-versed in the City Hall beat. Despite the need of newsroom diversity, he questions the mayor’s timing.
He stated, “This is a distraction.” “Instead of talking about crime, her administration’s disarray, education, and city finances, we’re talking about this.”