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Tell the Sunday Shows: More than GOP TV
A new study from FAIR (Extra!, 4/12) of the Sunday morning network chat shows found a distinct conservative, white and male tilt in the guest lists. In an eight-month study (6/11-2/12) of the four shows--ABC’s This Week, NBC’s Meet the Press, CBS’s Face the Nation and Fox News Sunday--FAIR found:
* In one-on-one interviews, 70 percent of partisan-affiliated guests were Republican. Those guests were overwhelmingly white (92 percent) and male (86 percent).
* Roundtable debate segments weren't much more diverse: 62 percent of partisan guests were Republican. More broadly, guests classified as either Republican or conservative far outnumbered Democrats or progressives, 282 to 164. The roundtables were 71 percent male and 85 percent white.
* U.S. government sources--current officials, former lawmakers, political candidates, party-affiliated political operatives and campaign advisers--dominated the Sunday shows overall (47 percent of appearances). Following closely behind were journalists (43 percent), most of whom were middle-of-the-road Beltway political reporters.
The Sunday morning shows could be a powerful platform for serious political discussion. But as FAIR's recent study shows, the programs are dominated by Republican politicians and conservative pundits, presenting viewers with a remarkably narrow view of the world. It's time to expand your guest lists and open up these discussions.
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