With only a few days left on the clock, liberal CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin took a well-timed parting shot at the mostly male executive leadership at the network and noted how she was allegedly forced to “fight for women’s stories.”
“The most influential anchors on our network, the highest-paid, are men. My bosses, my executives, are men. The person who oversees CNN Dayside is a man, and my executive producer for 10 years is a man. So I’ve been surrounded by a lot of men,” Baldwin stated on the feminist Ms. Magazine podcast Monday.
“I was surrounded by a lot of dudes,” she said referencing her rise through the ranks of CNN’s leadership.
Back in 2018, The Wrap took a look at weekday programming on the media networks and found that both Fox News and MSNBC had more female anchors than CNN did. Fox and MSNBC had six female anchors on weekdays as opposed to CNN’s three. CNN had zero female anchors in the primetime evening slots.
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Baldwin emotionally announced her departure from CNN in February. She has been with the network for 13 years. Her last day will be April 16. She has been a big supporter of the leftist #MeToo movement and has a new book entitled: “Huddle: How Women Unlock Their Collective Power” that has just been published.
She did say that CNN has begun to empower women more but that a lot more work needs to be done to give women an equal break at the network. As a talking head from the Democratic side of the media, she also applauded the diversification of on-air talent and lauded the fact that some of CNN’s divisions are led by women. However, she then proceeded to pull the race card and warned against only placing white women in leadership roles.
“There’s no way we will have progress if a bunch of white women are winning,” she lectured. “It’s brown women, black women, Asian women, it’s across the board. We have to see them reflected in our stories. It’s getting better but we still have a bit of a ways to go, I think.”
Baldwin was blunt when she was asked how she was influenced by CNN’s male-dominated executive team when it came to writing her book. She remarked that she was “told no a lot.”
“I know I, personally, fight for women’s stories,” Baldwin said. “I got told no a lot and I still managed to do it.”
Baldwin’s departure from CNN is a leap of faith since she doesn’t have another job waiting for her. Right now she seems to be doing the media circuit on her new book.
Her leaving CNN follows the network taking her off the air a few months ago and replacing her with political anchor Jake Tapper to cover the 2020 election. Her comments on Instagram at the time seemed to allude to her being forced out of her spot by the network.
“As the election gears up, the political maestro @jaketapper will hold down my hour and his for the coming weeks. Wish I was with you, but I’ll see ya on [TV] on the flip side of the election,” Baldwin posted to social media.
She was asked by a fan, “Why are you taking so many weeks off at such an important time?” Baldwin succinctly replied, “Not my choice.”
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