Connie Chung is a trailblazing icon in the world of network news, but she’s always been open about times when she wasn’t treated with equity. While Chung often focuses on sexism from male coworkers, she’s also spilled the tea on two fellow female journalists: Barbara Walters and Diane Sawyer.
Chung was excited to work with Walters and Sawyer when she moved to ABC News, but said her vision of “three women who get along” was “naive.” When it came to claiming news stories, her colleagues had a very competitive attitude towards each other, rather than one of harmony and support.
This toxic rivalry soon spread to Chung. She called her working relationship with Walters and Sawyer “a game of whack-a-mole,” because when Chung tried to “pop my head up... one of them would have a hammer and go ‘whack,’ and put me back in my little hole.”
Sawyer hasn’t commented on Chung’s claims, while a representative for Walters said she has always been “a tremendous supporter of women”. Whether Chung is exposing racism and sexism in the newsroom or commenting on her colleagues, it’s clear that she will never hesitate to speak her mind.