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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is “unapologetic” over her controversial decision to grant only non-white and female reporters interviews as part of her mid-term media blitz. The city’s embattled mayor, who is now presiding over a record-breaking spike in crime, says she would “do it again” and that the move “spurred a very important conversation” that had been coming in the city for a long time. “I would absolutely do it again. I’m unapologetic about it because it spurred a very important conversation, a conversation that needed to happen, that should have happened a long time ago,” Lightfoot told The New York Times. Several local journalists confirmed the policy, which Lightfoot later defended as a way of calling attention to what she termed the “overwhelming whiteness and maleness” of the Chicago media. Lightfoot is currently under fire not for a lack of diversity in the press corps but because Chicago is experiencing a record-breaking crime wave. Over the weekend, at least 70 people were shot and at least 10 people were killed, and highway shootings are at an “all-time high,” according to the Illinois State Police.

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