You love to see infighting when it comes to liberal news outlets, and it’s perhaps no more satisfying than when it involves CNN. The left-wing network has become an absolute dumpster fire (to the extent that it hasn’t been since the Clinton years) throughout the Trump and post-Trump era.
Now, Brooke Baldwin is leaving CNN, and she decided to burn the joint down on her way out. Per Fox News, she slammed her former employer over their predominantly male culture.
Departing CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin airs grievances with lack of women in key roles at liberal network – Fox News https://t.co/QhsNlucy2D
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Here’s some excerpts from Fox News’ write-up. Baldwin doesn’t pull any punches in airing her complaints, though, her commentary seems contrived at times.
“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 said on the Ms. Magazine podcast.
That’s a shot at Chris Cuomo, Don Lemon, and Wolf Blitzer. She’s not really wrong either. CNN doesn’t have a single woman in primetime. Fox News has Laura Ingraham while MSNBC has Rachel Maddow. Overall, CNN’s competitors have far more on-air female talent throughout the day. Further, it’s not like hosts like Cuomo and Lemon are killing it. They consistently crash in the ratings compared to the other networks, but they get paid the most. Given that, you can understand why Baldwin might be a little salty.
Still, the complaining about her producer being a man? I find that to be a stretch. Men are allowed to have jobs in this country, and there’s no reason a male producer can’t manage a female host. The news cycle sets the topic choices for the most part anyway.
“I was surrounded by a lot of dudes,” she said.
Baldwin, who was taken off the air and replaced by Jake Tapper for the month leading up to the 2020 election, was then asked what male leadership at CNN means when it comes to reporting important stories for women.
“I know I, personally, fight for women’s stories,” Baldwin said, noting she leaves a poster from her CNN series “American Women” hanging in her office as a reminder she was able to complete the project.
I’m sure getting pulled for someone as unimpressive as Jake Tapper stung a bit. Regardless, I find all this pretty funny. You can never be woke enough, and that’s true for CNN as well. They can virtue signal all day about women’s rights, but they’ll still be accused of misogyny at the end of the day because there’s no end point to this stuff. The grievances just keep flowing.
It’s also worth noting that Baldwin completely ripped the mask off in this interview. She outwardly praised liberal hacks like Stacey Abrams and Meagan Rapinoe, which isn’t surprising. I guess she’s no longer a “journalist” for the moment so she might as well let it rip.
As to where Baldwin goes from here, I’m not sure. She hasn’t made an announcement, but you can surmise it’ll probably involve some form of liberal activism. I mean, that’s what she was doing at CNN anyway.