Former CNN star anchor Brooke Baldwin, who hosted CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin for over 12 years is now publicly calling out her past employer for dismissing the coverage of the horrific Parkland school shooting in Florida.
In her latest piece published for The Atlantic on Tuesday, Baldwin shared her experience of trying to cover the Parkland shooting that killed 17 students in February 2018.
Baldwin allegedly held a town hall with survivors from the Parkland and Columbine schools. She says that as she was talking to the families of the victims, her producer informed her that she will have to travel to Washington D.C. to cover President Trump and the news about the FBI.
“My producer assured me that we’d return to coverage in Parkland—but that right then—I’ll never forget it—’we have to break away to go live in Washington.’ But. But. But. Fourteen students were dead,” she wrote. “I stood there dumbfounded. A teacher from the school was just out of camera range, waiting to join me for a five-minute live interview.” Baldwin wrote.
— Brooke Baldwin (@BrookeBaldwin) May 31, 2022
She says that she “furiously” contacted her producers at CNN headquarters requesting more airtime for this Parkland story but they turned down her request.
“Soon after, I got my marching orders: Come back to New York. I knew what that meant. We were done,” she adds.
Baldwin says that a similar pattern will be repeated in the news cycle on the recent tragic shooting in Uvalde, Texas. And this story will be killed by the mainstream media. She claims that networks want to protect their ratings so they will end coverage surrounding mental health, and the horrific incident.
“After a week or 10 days, the outraged public grows tired of hearing about the carnage, loss, and inaction,” she says. “The audience starts to drop off. The ratings dip. And networks worry about their bottom line. And while the journalists in the field have compassion for the victims of these tragic stories, their bosses at the networks treat the news as ratings-generating revenue sources. No ratings? Less coverage. It’s as simple as that.”
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