When Chicago’s black Mayor Lori Lightfoot marked the two year anniversary of her election by announcing she would no longer give interviews to white journalists, the media clones went noticeably silent. How could those who have been pushing the fallacy of “institutionalized racism” balk if they were suddenly denied access to news based on their gene pool, over which they had no influence?
Their whiteness renders them incapable of writing honest reports or interviewing city leaders. Their lips are too thin to speak the truth, their hair too straight or light to give them brain power.
Students majoring in journalism at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Leftism, have already been warned if they are thinking of a career at the seriously declining Arizona Republic newspaper. Here’s the explanation of the diversity policy and the numbers that they are striving for from Greg Burton, executive editor. Notice their goals have nothing to do with honest coverage or dropping its biased skew:
“Our goal is to match a community that is 44% people of color. We’re not there yet, but we’re making progress, and doing so while hiring the most skilled and promising journalists on the job market
In 2016, journalists of color made up 20% of The Republic’s staff. Next month, they’ll be 37% of the staff, up from 34% just nine months ago. Among managers, that number is 39%, up from 28% last August.”
According to Statista tracking, in 2020 only 29% of Americans “trust the news media most of the time.” It’s a good bet the numbers have plummeted from that low point.
National Review reports that Lightfoot used these words to describe the reporters she is now banishing: “Many of them are smart and hard-working, savvy and skilled. But mostly white, nonetheless.”
The National Association of Black Journalists calls her policy a “bold move,” while engaging in slick doublespeak.
Imagine if a white mayor used those same words to describe black or brown reporters. The cries of “racism” would reverberate throughout every niche of the city and far behind.
As Lightfoot urged the city’s media leadership to evolve and diversify, Gregory Pratt, a Latino reporter for the Chicago Tribune covering City Hall responded to the new policy by pulling out of an interview he had been granted with Lightfoot.
“I asked the mayor’s office to lift its condition on others and when they said no, we respectfully canceled,” he wrote in a tweet. “Politicians don’t get to choose who covers them.”
At last, some sanity.