Three CNN employees who came to work unvaccinated have been fired from the TV channel. CNN has put itself on the cutting edge of Covid-19 vaccine authoritarianism by firing three unidentified employees and has been mocked for this kink of “zero-tolerance” policy.
“In the past week, we have been made aware of three employees who were coming to the office unvaccinated,” CNN president Jeff Zucker told staffers in a memo, which reporter Oliver Darcy posted Thursday on Twitter.
“All three have been terminated. Let me be clear: We have a zero-tolerance policy on this.”
The move marks one of the first publicized cases of a private-sector US employer firing workers who failed to get vaccinated against Covid-19, particularly in an industry outside of healthcare. The Houston Methodist hospital system in Texas said in June that 153 employees had either been fired or resigned because they refused to comply with the company’s vaccination mandate.
CNN was met with ridicule on social media. “CNN fires three unvaccinated staffers but still employs Fredo and that dude who pleasured himself during the Zoom call,” podcast host Todd Starnes said on Twitter, referring to primetime host Chris Cuomo and legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin.
“So CNN has a zero-tolerance policy for not getting vaxxed but won’t fire one who was caught jerking off on a Zoom call or if one helped craft statements for an embattled governor amid sexual harassment claims,” journalist Mona Salama said.
The company has not given any further details, such as the positions of the three individuals who were fired. In the past, proof of vaccination has been voluntary.