With its history of snarky, liberal chyron commentary and a stable of leftist “journalists” that includes the likes of Jim Acosta, Jake Tapper, and Don Lemon, CNN has long abandoned any pretense of objectivity in its on-air presentation, but according to one former anchor, daily operations behind the scenes tell a far less progressive story.
Amid her departure from CNN, former anchor Brooke Baldwin slammed the network for failing to provide high-profile opportunities for female employees and assailed what she described as a frustratingly male-dominated atmosphere, as Fox News reports.
Baldwin aired her grievances during an interview on the Ms.Magazine podcast and gave listeners some insight into her experience at the liberal cable news giant, declaring:
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.
The now-former CNN personality joined the network back in 2008 and announced her impending departure in February of this year, explaining at the time that she was not leaving for another job and was “feeling very, very vulnerable,” as Fox News separately reported.
As Fox News also noted, late last year, Baldwin posted cryptic comments to Instagram which some interpreted to mean that she was being pushed of the air after the network announced that Tapper would be taking over her usual time slot in advance of the 2020 election.
Baldwin added that during her time at CNN, she “personally” fought for the ability to tell “women’s stories,” but “got told no a lot” along the way.” While she conceded that CNN has put a limited number of women into leadership roles recently, Baldwin said movement in that direction remains insufficient, saying that steps must be taken to ensure that those promoted are not simply “a bunch of white women.”
In an apparent dig at the contradiction between the heavy-handed wokeness the network displays in its on-air programming and commentary, Baldwin opined, “We talk about intersectional, like being intersectional. There is no way we will have progress if a bunch of white women are winning, right? There’s no way.”
Bolstering Baldwin’s argument a bit is the fact that CNN remains the sole major cable news network in the country that does not feature a female host in its primetime lineup, with The Rachel Maddow Show airing on MSNBC Monday through Friday at 9 p.m., and The Ingraham Angle with host Laura Ingraham running on Fox News weeknights at 10 p.m.
Baldwin’s exposure of CNN’s apparent hypocrisy on gender equality in the workplace serves as yet another instructive – yet not terribly surprising – example of the overriding “do as we say, not as we do” mindset that permeates the liberal elite.