The Bill O'Reilly sexual harassment scandal currently unfurling across every platform within the mainstream media is a legitimate story. No question. That, however, does not make it appropriate for all of these same so-called "objective and unbiased" news outlets to bury and downplay the ever-widening racism scandal at the left-wing CNN.
Going back a few years, CNN has previously faced accusations of racism from black journalists and outright discrimination suits. Black staffers have accused the network of the worst kinds of racial discrimination, including wrongful termination, being paid less money than white staffers, being unfairly passed over for promotions, and racial slurs. This latest suit is a potential class action that could include more than 175 past and present CNN employees.
According to a plaintiffs' motion to amend that was filed March 23, "Since the filing of this action, counsels for the plaintiffs have been contacted by more than 175 people, both former and current employees of the Defendant[.]
Unlike the lawsuit against Fox News, the one against CNN and sister companies is much broader, claiming among other things that African-Americans receive lower performance ratings in evaluations, that there are dramatic differences in pay between similarly situated employees of different races and that the promotion of African-American employees is blocked by a "glass ceiling."
The complaint (see here) cites hiring and advancement statistics while alleging that African-American employees have endured slurs from superiors, including "It's hard to manage black people" and "Who would be worth more: black slaves from times past, or new slaves?"
The suit accuses CNN of "a pervasive pattern and practice of systematic and continuing discrimination against African-Americans with respect to opportunities for advancement/leadership and promotions." Included in the suit are statistics that claim to show how difficult it is for black employees to receive any kind of promotion into a supervisory role, and the allegation of a pay disparity.
In order to justify a class action, which is the last thing the last-place cable news network needs right now, the lawsuit goes into great detail in an attempt to document a pattern of systemic racism and discrimination at CNN.
As of now, across much of the mainstream media, the growing allegations of racism against CNN are, for the most part, being ignored. CNN is part of the "resistance" against President Trump, a leader and useful confederate in the fake news propaganda wars against the president, and therefore a sacred cow that must be protected by the rest of the media -- even if that means allowing this alleged discrimination against blacks to continue on and to go unpunished.