NBC political analyst Mark Halperin was fired in October after numerous former ABC co-workers accused him of sexual harassment.
But that was only the start of the story.
Some of the accusers reached out to one another on Facebook and WhatsApp. The dialogue merged into one centralized Facebook group. Then the women started to hold conference cell phone calls and met in person, discussing how exactly to change the traditions in newsrooms across the country.
We are “all united mutually,” Eleanor McManus told CNNMoney after among the calls on November 21.
The group contacted a few of Charlie Rose’s accusers after Rose was fired in late November by CBS and PBS.
As the #MeToo activity has grown, this support network has grown, too. Its private name was “The Silver Lining.”
Today it’s becoming public. A group of 15 women happen to be forming a coalition called Press Forward. They announced it through interviews and an appearance on “Megyn Kelly Today” on Wednesday — the same day Time magazine provided its Person of the Year distinction to people who have come forward to report sexual misconduct.
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McManus, who wrote a good CNN.com op-ed in October about getting harassed by Halperin, is supporting lead the group.
“As current and former feminine journalists from ABC, NBC, CNN, and CBS we have come together through shared experience and we have developed course of action,” McManus told CNN on Wednesday.
“It’s time to move the needle forward and create a safe work environment for all ladies in the workplace, you start with the newsroom,” she said. “This is about women of all ages getting their voices, and corporations understanding the shameful ability imbalance that is in place much too long.”
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Other participants in Press Forward include Lara Setrakian, who spoke to CNN’s Oliver Darcy about her experience with Halperin, and Emily Miller.
The other day, when Matt Lauer was fired by NBC just after an employee alleged sexual misconduct, Miller hinted at the effort in a tweet.
“I’m working with other victims to develop a plan to make real and lasting switch,” Miller said. “We’ve a strong team of girls lawyers, organizational consultants and of course reporters. We will work daily on this.”
Press Forward wants to elevate ladies in newsrooms and avoid abuse in the workplace.
Its mission declaration reads: “We must progress how news corporations protect their journalists from unprofessional and unlawful behavior, and abuses of ability. We must create a traditions where women journalists possess a meritocratic chance to go up on their talents. Our newsrooms have to be a place where men and women can do their best work.”
In the next half a year, the group will create what it calls a “detailed study on what it takes to build an improved news environment.”