Brooke Baldwin, a CNN anchor, revealed in February that she would be leaving the network later this month. Now, as she prepares to leave the network, Baldwin is airing the liberal network’s dirty laundry by criticizing the absence of women in key positions.
“The most powerful and well-paid anchors on our network are men. My executives, my superiors, are all guys. My executive producer for ten years was a man, and the guy who runs CNN Dayside is a man. As a result, I’ve been surrounded by a lot of men,” Baldwin complained on a Ms. Magazine podcast.
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She continued, “I was surrounded by a lot of dudes.”
After that, Baldwin was asked if she thinks CNN’s male leadership affects the way women’s stories are told.
Baldwin continued, “I know I, personally, fight for women’s stories,” adding that she keeps a poster from her CNN series “American Women” in her office as a reminder that she was able to finish the film.
She added, “I was told no a lot and I still managed to do it.”
Though Baldwin acknowledged that CNN is improving “little by little” in terms of placing women in positions of influence, she believes there is still a long way to go.
“It’s improving, but there’s still a long way to go,” she said. “I’d like to see more women in this room.”
The Wrap analyzed weekday programming on different networks in 2018 and found that CNN had less female anchors than rivals.
The Wrap noted at the time that “CNN has far less women working in visible on-air positions than either Fox News or MSNBC.”
Baldwin revealed her departure from the network in February after thirteen years. This came after she was removed from the airwaves in the run-up to the 2020 presidential election, with Jake Tapper taking her place.
“As the election approaches, the political maestro @jaketapper will host my and his hour for the next few weeks. Baldwin tweeted in October, “Wish I was with you, but I’ll see ya on [TV] on the other side of the election,” suggesting that this was not her decision.