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Former CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin says network should give Chris Cuomo’s primetime slot to a woman

The Independent
The Independent
 2021-12-07

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Former CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin has called on the network to give Chris Cuomo ’s slot to a woman following his firing.

CNN cut ties with Chris Cuomo over the weekend. The anchor was accused of breaching journalistic ethics by relying on his sources to assist his brother, then-New York governor Andrew Cuomo , in fending off sexual harassment allegations.

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After initially suspending Chris Cuomo, CNN announced his firing, stating in part: “While in the process of that review, additional information has come to light. Despite the termination, we will investigate as appropriate.” The New York Times later reported that Chris Cuomo was facing an allegation of sexual misconduct.

A spokesman for Chris Cuomo told the newspaper: “These apparently anonymous allegations are not true.”

Baldwin, who was an anchor at CNN between 2008 until her final show in April this year, shared a video on social media following Chris Cuomo’s firing.

“I have no comment on that decision,” she said, “but as a woman who worked there for over a decade, who has the utmost respect for my former colleagues, I wanted to share something with you today.”

Baldwin added: “I would like to see CNN put a woman in that 9pm spot. Not me, I’ve moved on. But there are plenty of brilliant women they could choose from. ... The way we truly change the game for us is to put more women – brown, Black, white women – in positions of power.”

“It’s nearly 2022,” she said. “Would you like to see a woman successfully lead in primetime?”

CNN has yet to announce long-term plans for Chris Cuomo’s former slot. Radio and TV host Michael Smerconish is filling in for him next week.

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Jessica Regan
12-08

It shouldn’t be given, it should be earned. No matter what the color of your skin or what sex you may be. Stop hiring people for their race or gender!

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just saying ?
12-08

Should be given back to him. The republicans have and are still doing worse things and against this country. A brother helping brother should only get a slap on the wrist unless it’s the two brothers that are part of the insurrection and still in the service and insulting Americans intelligence 🤔

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Rosemary Guchone
12-10

How about CNN hire the best candidate, regardless of see, gender, religion, etc? Until we stop hiring women for the sake of hiring a woman, there is no equality. Biden promised early on to "name a female running mate." Look where that got him.

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