Latino reporter cancels Lori Lightfoot interview following refusal to lift moratorium based on skin color

  

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Latino reporter cancels Lori Lightfoot interview following refusal to lift moratorium based on skin color
Reporter canceled his scheduled interview with Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot over her office's refusal to lift a moratorium on interviews with non-Black or Brown reporters.

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Chicago Tribune  reporter Gregory Pratt announced Wednesday that he had canceled his scheduled interview with  Chicago  Mayor  Lori Lightfoot  over her office's refusal to lift a  moratorium  on interviews with non-Black or Brown reporters. 

Pratt, a Latino reporter who was granted an interview with the mayor after the policy became publicly known, took to social media to announce the cancellation. 

According to Pratt, he asked the mayor's office to lift the condition on other reporters, but it declined. "Politicians don't get to choose who covers them," he tweeted. 


The story on Lightfoot's commitment to only accepting interview requests from Black or Brown reporters broke Tuesday as NBC reporter Mary Ann Ahern relayed the announcement from the mayor's spokeswoman.


Fox News reported Tuesday that it was unclear exactly when Lightfoot's office began the practice. It was also unclear if it applied only to local reporters, considering Lightfoot appeared Monday on MSNBC for an interview with host   Stephanie Ruhle .

Many journalists expressed outrage at the practice and voiced support for Pratt, with some calling for other reporters to take the same action. 

Lightfoot tried to address concerns Wednesday over the practice.

"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," she tweeted. "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," she said. 




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Sean Treacy
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1  seeder  Sean Treacy    4 weeks ago

Governor Wallace has relocated to the shores of Lake Michigan in 2021.

How racist do you have to be be to be removed as Mayor of Chicago?  Lightfoot's trying to find out. 

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
1.1  Tessylo  replied to  Sean Treacy @1    4 weeks ago

I just saw Faux 'news' as your source.  Much ado about nothing . . . . 

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
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1.1.1  seeder  Sean Treacy  replied to  Tessylo @1.1    4 weeks ago

Fox was the first to cover it. But here are some other sources for you to ignore:

 
 
 
Greg Jones
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1.1.2  Greg Jones  replied to  Tessylo @1.1    4 weeks ago

Here's another source, the larger question is, do you agree with Lightfoot's views?

 
 
 
Tessylo
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1.1.3  Tessylo  replied to  Sean Treacy @1.1.1    4 weeks ago

Of course Faux 'news' was the first to take it out of context.  

 
 
 
Tessylo
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1.1.4  Tessylo  replied to  Greg Jones @1.1.2    4 weeks ago

Provide as many sources as you want, it's moot!

 
 
 
devangelical
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1.1.5  devangelical  replied to  Tessylo @1.1.3    4 weeks ago

it's sheer genius. she doesn't have to deal with the alt-media now.

 
 
 
Gazoo
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2  Gazoo    4 weeks ago

There have been over 1200 shootings in chicago so far this year, and the year isn’t quite half over. Orkin just named chicago the most rat infested city in the US. She needs to drop this racial bullshit and get her ass in gear and work for the citizens of chicago. What an embarrassment.

 
 
 
MrFrost
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2.1  MrFrost  replied to  Gazoo @2    4 weeks ago

Chicago didn't even make the top 30 in the deadliest cities in America, not sure why the right wing always refers to it. Oh yea, it was a talking point a few years back...carry on. 

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
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2.1.1  seeder  Sean Treacy  replied to  MrFrost @2.1    4 weeks ago

Not sure why you would use outdated data to try and make a point.  Here's are numbers from 2020

CHICAGO (WLS) -- New data obtained by the ABC7 I-Team reveals a disturbing crime trend across the nation and especially in Chicago. The latest violent crime stats for the first six months of 2020 compiled by the FBI and analyzed by the I-Team show while overall violent crime is down slightly, the number of murders is up significantly.

Even amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and an overall reduction in violent crime, the harsh reality is that there were more murders this year than last. New FBI data shows that murders here in Chicago spiked by more than 37% compared with the same period of 2019, and far outpaces the 14.8% average increase nationwide.

Murders skyrocketing in the middle of a lockdown. That's Chicago....

 
 
 
Dismayed Patriot
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2.1.2  Dismayed Patriot  replied to  MrFrost @2.1    4 weeks ago
not sure why the right wing always refers to it

Because some dumb shit racists are desperate to further any other narrative besides "we're fucking white racists who are steeped in the prejudices of our grandpappys but don't want to admit it it for fear we won't be taken seriously...". 

 
 
 
Texan1211
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2.1.3  Texan1211  replied to  Dismayed Patriot @2.1.2    4 weeks ago

Perhaps the "right wing" refers to it because Democrats pretend that shootings aren't a way of life in parts of Chicago, which has been "led" by Democratic mayors and their left wing cheerleaders, who seem hell-bent on cheering for incompetence.

 
 
 
charger 383
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3  charger 383    4 weeks ago

What if a white mayor acted like that?

 
 
 
Tessylo
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3.1  Tessylo  replied to  charger 383 @3    4 weeks ago

What an outrageous question. . . . 

 
 
 
GregTx
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3.1.1  GregTx  replied to  Tessylo @3.1    4 weeks ago

Really? How come?

 
 
 
Greg Jones
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3.1.2  Greg Jones  replied to  Tessylo @3.1    4 weeks ago

What's outrageous about it?

 
 
 
Ed-NavDoc
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3.1.3  Ed-NavDoc  replied to  Greg Jones @3.1.2    4 weeks ago

Don't expect an answer.

 
 
 
Tessylo
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3.1.4  Tessylo  replied to  Ed-NavDoc @3.1.3    4 weeks ago

Yeah, don't expect an answer because I have a life outside of here on NT and don't hang around to answer your dumbass questions.  

 
 
 
Ed-NavDoc
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3.1.5  Ed-NavDoc  replied to  Tessylo @3.1.4    4 weeks ago

I did not ask the question, Charger, Greg Jones, and GregTx  did.  Please do try to keep up.

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
3.1.6  Tessylo  replied to  Ed-NavDoc @3.1.5    4 weeks ago

No, you're the one who said 'don't expect an answer'.

Please do try to keep up.

 
 
 
GregTx
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3.2  GregTx  replied to  charger 383 @3    4 weeks ago

They would have zero political future.

 
 
 
charger 383
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3.3  charger 383  replied to  charger 383 @3    4 weeks ago
What if a white mayor acted like that?

some might say it is outrageous behavior 

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
3.3.1  Tessylo  replied to  charger 383 @3.3    4 weeks ago

Only y'all say it is outrageous behavior.  [Deleted]

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
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3.3.2  seeder  Sean Treacy  replied to  Tessylo @3.3.1    4 weeks ago

Only y'all say it is outrageous behavior. 

Nobody expects you to find racism outrageous. 

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
3.3.3  Tessylo  replied to  Sean Treacy @3.3.2    4 weeks ago

I don't find Ms. Lightfoot's behavior outrageous, BECAUSE IT'S NOT RACIST!

 
 
 
GregTx
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3.3.4  GregTx  replied to  Tessylo @3.3.3    4 weeks ago

 
 
 
Tessylo
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3.3.5  Tessylo  replied to  GregTx @3.3.4    4 weeks ago

Why are you posting a useless link?  It's not racist.

 
 
 
Dismayed Patriot
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3.4  Dismayed Patriot  replied to  charger 383 @3    4 weeks ago
What if a white mayor acted like that?

Mayor Whitefoot tried to address concerns Wednesday over the practice.

"I ran to break up the threat to the status quo that was failing so many whites. That isn't just in City Hall. It's a shame that in 2021, the City Hall press corps is overwhelmingly black in a city where more than half of the city identifies as white, white-Latino, WAAPI or White-Native American," he tweeted. "A lack of diversity and exclusion are imperative across all institutions including media."

"In order to progress we mustn't change. This is exactly why I'm being intentional about prioritizing media requests from white reporters on the occasion of the two-year anniversary of my inauguration as mayor of this great city," he said.

 
 
 
Texan1211
Professor Principal
3.5  Texan1211  replied to  charger 383 @3    4 weeks ago

All hell would break loose, and some of our progressive friends would be getting the vapors! 

"Oh, my, I do declare!"

 
 
 
Tacos!
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4  Tacos!    4 weeks ago

Is this somehow not racist? Why doesn’t this inspire nationwide outrage?

 
 
 
MonsterMash
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4.1  MonsterMash  replied to  Tacos! @4    4 weeks ago
Is this somehow not racist? Why doesn’t this inspire nationwide outrage?

Cause black people can’t be racist in America. What, you didn't know that?

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
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4.2  seeder  Sean Treacy  replied to  Tacos! @4    4 weeks ago
s this somehow not racist? Why doesn’t this inspire nationwide outrage?

It's one of the more shocking stories I've seen. It's so ham handily racist that it's almost impossible to believe a politician in a major city would even consider it.  I doubt the mayor of podunnkville population 20 would be that stupid, even if they are as racist as Lightfoot. 

 
 
 
Tessylo
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5  Tessylo    4 weeks ago

Sounds like you all just want to be continually outraged over . . . . nothing

 
 
 
MonsterMash
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5.1  MonsterMash  replied to  Tessylo @5    4 weeks ago
Sounds like you all just want to be continually outraged over . . . . nothing

If this were a white mayor refusing to do interviews with black reporters you would label that mayor a white supremacist saying he/she should be tarred and feathered.

So what exactly does that make Mayor Lori Bettlejuice Lightfoot? Nothing, because black people can’t be racist in America.  / S

 
 
 
Tacos!
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5.2  Tacos!  replied to  Tessylo @5    4 weeks ago
outraged over . . . . nothing

I’m sorry but you won’t be allowed to comment here. You’re the wrong color. Since you think it’s nothing, I’m sure you won’t be outraged.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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5.3  JohnRussell  replied to  Tessylo @5    4 weeks ago

You are more right than wrong Tessy. 

Lori Lightfoot said she only would grant interviews to black and brown reporters as they pertained to one specific topic - her two year anniversary as mayor. She did not say she was permanently barring white reporters from interviews with her. She made the statement as a protest over what she calls inadequate representation of non whites among the city's news media. As far as I can see some local nedia outlets are criticizing her for it, but some are also saying they understand why she is doing it. 

It is a temporary thing, and as such it is not a "big deal". 

Conservatives from everywhere have tried to make Lori Lighfoot a whipping boy.  As far as I can see she's got a pretty thick skin.

Early in her career she worked as a federal prosecutor in northern Illinois and later served as the head of a civilian police review board in Chicago. She knows what she's doing. 

 
 
 
dennis smith
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5.3.1  dennis smith  replied to  JohnRussell @5.3    4 weeks ago

A mayor does not need to protest if he/she is doing their job. Beetlejuice has been an embarrassment to Chicago. Shootings up, murders up under her watch.  

 
 
 
Ronin2
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5.3.2  Ronin2  replied to  dennis smith @5.3.1    4 weeks ago

You forgot all of the riots and looting that have come under her watch.

 
 
 
Tessylo
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5.3.3  Tessylo  replied to  JohnRussell @5.3    4 weeks ago

Thanks John!  Of course this was all taken out of context.  What a surprise!!!!!!!!!!!

It's obvious to anyone with good sense to know that Ms. Lightfoot is experienced and intelligent and strong and can deal with all the dicks and the haters and their lies that she encounters.    

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
5.3.4  Tessylo  replied to  Ronin2 @5.3.2    4 weeks ago

Proof?

 
 
 
Greg Jones
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5.3.5  Greg Jones  replied to  JohnRussell @5.3    4 weeks ago

She knows what she's doing. 

So why do the black-on-black killings continue? With many innocent victims caught in the crossfire.

Progressive racism is just as bad as any other kind

 
 
 
Greg Jones
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5.3.6  Greg Jones  replied to  Tessylo @5.3.3    4 weeks ago

What context are you referring to?

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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5.3.7  JohnRussell  replied to  Greg Jones @5.3.5    4 weeks ago

High murder rates in gang areas long predate Lori Lightfoot and occur in many places, not just Chicago. 

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
5.3.8  Tessylo  replied to  JohnRussell @5.3.7    4 weeks ago

Yes John, obviously!  Like with any big city.  

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
5.3.9  Tessylo  replied to  Greg Jones @5.3.5    4 weeks ago

See how killings usually work Greg - whites kill whites - blacks kill blacks - the only difference is when white cops kill unarmed black folks for no reason.

 
 
 
Greg Jones
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5.3.10  Greg Jones  replied to  Tessylo @5.3.9    4 weeks ago

Actually it's because they usually are armed and/or violently resisting arrest

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
5.3.11  Tessylo  replied to  Greg Jones @5.3.10    4 weeks ago

No, they are not.  

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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5.3.12  Vic Eldred  replied to  JohnRussell @5.3    4 weeks ago
She made the statement as a protest over what she calls inadequate representation of non whites among the city's news media.

Demanding racial representation over merit is racism. She is a racist.


She knows what she's doing. 

She is using identity politics to continue her reign over a rapidly decaying city where blacks murder one another on a daily basis.

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
5.3.13  Tessylo  replied to  Vic Eldred @5.3.12    4 weeks ago

Demanding EQUAL RACIAL REPRESENTATION - is racist?

No.  

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
5.3.14  Vic Eldred  replied to  Tessylo @5.3.13    4 weeks ago

Anything based on race rather than merit is racist.

Spread the word.

 
 
 
dennis smith
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5.3.15  dennis smith  replied to  JohnRussell @5.3.7    4 weeks ago

And they still continue under her watch. In fact the numbers are greater under her "leadership".

Trying to defend her is nonsense.

 
 
 
dennis smith
Senior Silent
5.3.16  dennis smith  replied to  Tessylo @5.3.13    4 weeks ago

Refusing to have interviews with anyone except Blacks or Browns IS racist

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
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5.3.17  seeder  Sean Treacy  replied to  dennis smith @5.3.16    4 weeks ago

to have interviews with anyone except Blacks or Browns IS racist

It's literally textbook. 

I assume we'll be seeing progressives soon demanding "segregation today, segregation forever" and their lackeys claiming that's not racist either. 

 
 
 
gooseisgone
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5.3.18  gooseisgone  replied to  JohnRussell @5.3    4 weeks ago
 one specific topic - her two year anniversary as mayor.

Oh OK.....then she's just a racist on this specific topic.

She knows what she's doing. 

Sure seems like it, just look at the murder rate.....what city wouldn't be proud of that.

 
 
 
MrFrost
PhD Principal
5.3.19  MrFrost  replied to  Greg Jones @5.3.5    4 weeks ago

They are exercising their 2nd amendment rights. 

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
Professor Guide
5.3.20  seeder  Sean Treacy  replied to  JohnRussell @5.3    4 weeks ago
 her two year anniversary as mayor

Are there white people in Chicago? Do you think the topic of her first two years might affect them, too? 

How  many days of racist discrimination are  acceptable to you? 

 
 
 
JohnRussell
Professor Principal
5.3.21  JohnRussell  replied to  Sean Treacy @5.3.20    4 weeks ago

Unlike just about everybody else here, I actually live in Chicago. 

 
 
 
dennis smith
Senior Silent
5.3.22  dennis smith  replied to  JohnRussell @5.3.21    4 weeks ago

That you live there does not make her less racist.

 
 
 
dennis smith
Senior Silent
5.3.23  dennis smith  replied to  JohnRussell @5.3    4 weeks ago

So being a temporary racist is now okay?

 
 
 
dennis smith
Senior Silent
5.3.24  dennis smith  replied to  Tessylo @5.3.13    4 weeks ago

She did not demand EQUAL RACIAL REPRESENTATION. 

She is selecting only Brown and black people.

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
5.3.25  Tessylo  replied to  dennis smith @5.3.16    4 weeks ago

NOPE.

 
 
 
Texan1211
Professor Principal
5.3.26  Texan1211  replied to  dennis smith @5.3.24    4 weeks ago

THAT is the part our progressive friends simply refuse to see.

 
 
 
Ed-NavDoc
Masters Quiet
5.3.27  Ed-NavDoc  replied to  JohnRussell @5.3.7    4 weeks ago

As you said, high murder rates in gang areas predate Lori Lightfoot, but I have yet to see anybody point out what she has done as mayor to improve things or diminish said murder rates. Defundung police certainly does not count! All I hear is talk and talk is cheap sometimes.

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
5.3.28  Tessylo  replied to  Ed-NavDoc @5.3.27    4 weeks ago
All I hear is talk and talk is cheap sometimes.

 
 
 
dennis smith
Senior Silent
5.3.29  dennis smith  replied to  Tessylo @5.3.25    4 weeks ago

You are wrong again

 
 
 
dennis smith
Senior Silent
5.3.30  dennis smith  replied to  Tessylo @5.3.28    4 weeks ago

Sounds like you have been listening to yourself

 
 
 
Ed-NavDoc
Masters Quiet
5.3.31  Ed-NavDoc  replied to  dennis smith @5.3.30    3 weeks ago

When one cannot come up with a reasonable rebuttal to prove a point,  simply parrot another's comment.

 
 
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