Six of the seven shows analyzed — This Week, Face the Nation, Fox News Sunday, Meet the Press, State of the Union, and Up — have hosted white men at a significantly higher rate than their 31 percent portion of the population. Melissa Harris-Perry provided the greatest diversity among guests, providing a much higher rate of white women and African-American guests than the other programs; Up also hosted a higher percentage of people from those demographics than CNN or the broadcast programs. Latino, Asian-American, and Middle Eastern guests have been largely absent from the Sunday shows. Native Americans fared even worse, with only two appearances (one on Melissa Harris-Perry and one on Up) out of a total of 2,436 appearances over the nine-month period studied.
White Men Were An Even Larger Proportion Of Solo Interviews. On the broadcast Sunday shows and CNN, white men were most often hosted for one-on-one interviews by a significant margin. 75 percent of Face the Nation and Fox News Sunday solo interview subjects were white men. Once again, only Melissa Harris-Perry demonstrated any reasonable diversity in this measure. Guests who were Latino, Asian-American, or Middle Eastern were hardly present at all. No Native American has received a one-on-one interview this year. Up did not have enough solo interviews in the period studied to be included in the comparison.
Media Matters for America, Once Again, Sunday Morning Talk Shows Are White, Male, And Conservative.
Read through for CNN’s gender problem and the overall ideological tilt toward conservative (read: Republican) guests.
Last night I was watching CNN and Anderson Cooper said something that made me think, “Did he just say what I think he said?!”. The transcript is as follows:
On Wednesday of this week, we reported that a source familiar with Ambassador Stevens’ thinking said in the months before his death, Ambassador Stevens talked about being worried about what he called the never-ending security threats in Benghazi.
We also reported that the ambassador specifically mentioned the rise in Islamic extremism, the growing Al Qaeda presence in Libya and said he was on an Al Qaeda hit list. The information for that report, like all of CNN’s reporting, was carefully vetted. Some of that information was found in a personal journal of Ambassador Stevens in his handwriting.
We came upon the journal through our reporting and notified the family. At their request, we returned that journal to them. We reported what we found newsworthy in the ambassador’s writings. A reporter followed up on what we found newsworthy, as I said, in the ambassador’s writings.
I wrote my brother, Michael, the following:
if i just heard Anderson Cooper correctly, on his show, talking about libya, he cited that Christopher Stevens had security fears. Then AC said one of the CNN sources for Christopher Stevens thinking prior to his death was his personal journal, found by CNN, evidently read through, and then returned to the family. AC kept making it clear that they’re only reporting things that are “newsworthy” from the personal journal they found of a dead man. Still, WTF?? it’s ok to read through the dudes journal, and then report on what it said, but only “newsworthy” things found in it??? and then returned to the family, so all is ok for reading the dead guys journal that they found at the site and sharing with their audience.