Brooke Baldwin Just Claimed This About CNN

For regular viewers of CNN broadcaster Brooke Baldwin, they’re facing the sad prospect of bidding adieu to their beloved news commentator. Baldwin, who has been with the news network for 13 years since joining in 2008, was best known for hosting her eponymous show CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin during her tenure. Although Baldwin’s last day is slated for April 16, 2021, it seems that the broadcast journalist is making a point to make her departure a memorable one — and isn’t holding back from criticizing her former employer for its lack of gender parity for those on its payroll.

As the New York Post reported on April 7, 2021, Baldwin’s recent appearance as a guest on the Ms. Magazine podcast earlier in the month. During the discussion, Baldwin stated that, as of 2021, CNN’s male hosts — among its most prominent Anderson Cooper, Wolf Blitzer, and Jake Tapper — are paid disproportionately more than their female counterparts and that the news outlet’s executives and broadcasters heavily skew male. “The most influential anchors on our network, the highest-paid, are men,” Baldwin claimed. “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,” then adding that she had “been surrounded by a lot of men,” during her time at CNN. 

So what else did Baldwin have to say on the matter? Read on after the jump to find out.

Brooke Baldwin decried CNN's purported gender disparity problem

While Brooke Baldwin said in her Ms. Magazine podcast appearance (via the New York Post) that the atmosphere regarding women in the newsroom at large is “getting better,” she said that the industry, overall, “still [has] a bit of a ways to go.” Baldwin then went on to recount the hard battle of getting the CNN series American Women signed off by her employer and onto the screens of viewers. “I know I, personally, fight for women’s stories,” Baldwin said on the podcast, adding that she kept a promotional poster of the show hanging on her office wall. She then recounted that during production for American Women, she “got told no a lot and I still managed to do it.”

Notably, Baldwin herself dealt with sexism while on the air in 2017, when conservative pundit Clay Travis commented (via Variety) that he believed in “the First Amendment and boobs,” during a discussion on the former. Baldwin, who was serving as an anchor during the segment, proceeded to call Travis out on the remark, noting that it appeared to be in poor taste — especially due to the fact that he made a point to reiterate it again on a news show hosted by a woman. “Why would you even say this live on national television and with a female host?” she asked Travis incredulously before calling his behavior “entirely inappropriate.”

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