News Anchor Says ABC News Honcho Barbara Fedida Once Told Him Network Couldn't Hire Any More White Males
By Brian Flood
June 17, 2020
News anchor Elex Michaelson said on Monday that embattled ABC News executive Barbara Fedida once told him the Disney-owned network couldn't hire a white man -- but he didn't come forward out of fear of being blackballed by the industry.
Michaelson shared a report from Huffington Post's Yashar Ali that rocked ABC News over the weekend with a detailed account of damning accusations of Fedida and her treatment of black journalists at the network. The report resulted in ABC News placing Fedida, a senior vice president, on administrative leave while it investigates the claims and prompted Michaelson to share a story for the first time publicly.
"In 2017, ABC7 recommended I become a network correspondent," Michaelson tweeted. "Barbara Fedida told me: 'You're qualified. But you're a white male & my bosses told me I can only hire women & minorities for the next couple years.'"
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