Talk radio is rife with racial and gender discrimination in hiring, says feminist and civil rights lawyer Gloria Allred.
"If you look at the majority of talk radio hosts in this country, they are white males, and there's no disputing those facts," Allred told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
"You think it's just a coincidence? You think the females don't have any talent for talk radio or that African Americans or Latinos or Latinas don't have any ability?"
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Her remarks came during a discussion about the firing last week of Jill Abramson, the first female executive editor at The New York Times.
Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. has denied sexism played a part in the dismissal, insisting it focused on Abramson's management style.
Allred, whose clients have included Spice Girl Melanie Brown, actress Hunter Tylo, and model Kelly Fisher, would not name the media companies she thinks have been discriminatory in the hiring of talk radio hosts.
But she said she knows of a number of cases where eligible talk show hosts were rejected because of their sex or race.
"I know women and I know minorities who have applied to be talk show hosts [and] they haven't been chosen," Allred said.
"We know that often the vacancies are not even posted, they just reach out and they pick another white male. And then they say, 'Oh, there are no vacancies.'''
According to the talk-radio blog Talkers.com, the nation's Top 10 gabbers are Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, Dave Ramsey, Michael Savage, Mark Levin, Howard Stern, Ed Schultz, Joe Madison, and Thom Hartmann.
As for women on the list, Laura Ingraham comes in at No. 15, followed by Stephanie Miller at No. 22, Dana Loesch at 33, Dr. Joy Browne at No. 44, Kim Komando at No. 46, and Dr. Laura Schlessinger at No. 53.
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