Last night Scoop told you about how Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has announced she won’t be talking to whitey reporters, and will only speak to “black and brown” members of the media.
Obviously, this is racist. And obviously, a public official cancelling a whole segment of reporters for any dumb excuse is scandalous, because it’s just a way to avoid accountability. She’s deliberately limiting her interactions with media, and she’s had many scandals which the press would theoretically want to ask her about.
Well one reporter isn’t standing for it. As a member of the “black and brown” demographic Lightfoot says she’s willing to work with, he said he’s not willing to work with HER.
“I am a Latino reporter [with the Chicago Tribue] whose interview request was granted for today,” he wrote. “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,” he wrote.
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
An anchor with WGN in Chicago supported Pratt’s stand.
All journalists should be united on this. No politician should ever be allowed to choose who does the interview, especially based on the race of the reporter. https://t.co/KUs2B4MdjN
— Dan Ponce (@DanPonceTV) May 19, 2021
Even a Washington Post reporter chimed in, in support of Pratt. Now THAT one surprised me.
Fact is, elected officials, candidates, celebrities, athletes etc. choose who they want to interview them all the time. They just don't do so on the basis of race or gender. Or at least they don't admit they do. https://t.co/VJpXrJTkPV
— Paul Farhi (@farhip) May 19, 2021
Has Lightfoot taken the new racism too far? Or will the “anti-racism” antifa/blm-supporting, critical race theory mobs turn it around and label everyone who criticizes her as racist?
We’ll see. Could go either way, frankly.