In her latest interview, Fran Spielman puts Mayor Lori Lightfoot on the witness stand. To her chagrin, Lightfoot wasn’t taking the bait on Spielman’s intrusive questioning. For the first 3 minutes of the interview, Spielman grills Lightfoot about Supt. Johnson as if she were in the car next to him. Twenty years ago, that kind of journalism would have stuck; today, it’s just plain sensational.
Lightfoot is an attorney. She knows how to play the game. She’s been on the other side of the equation. So, I think the Sun-Times needs to find a different strategy to get answers. Instead of badgering the Mayor for answers, they need to let this all play out. I find it suspicious that the media gives black men a harder time than their white counterparts. I never saw this much questioning about Weis, Cline, or McCarthy. (McCarthy deserved it the most because of Laquan McDonald.)
I still respect Spielman’s work as a journalist. What bothers me is that her editors are pressuring her to work beneath her acclaim. I want better interviews next time.
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