Friday, April 20, 2012

If it's Sunday morning, there will be GOPers

Not that we didn't know this already. Lots of us have been pointing it out for many years, but a new study done by Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting proves the point. The Sunday morning bobblehead shows criminally skew to promoting white male Republicans.
Between June 2011 and February of this year, 70 percent of all one-on-one interviewees on the four biggest political talk shows — NBC’s Meet the Press, ABC’s This Week, CBS’s Face the Nation and Fox News Sunday — were Republicans. The numbers were even more lopsided in favor of men and white guests.
The ratio: 70% Republicans, 86% Men, 92% White. They should have added an age metric too. Would bet well over half these rich white, male GOPers were born well before 1950. But that's not the only bias:
Compared to other metrics though, the imbalance of political ideology seems almost insignificant. Across all four shows over the eight month period, there were just 36 appearances by women during one-on-one interviews compared to 228 men. And of those 36, 17 were Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN). Meanwhile, there 242 appearances by white guests, compared to just 15 by African-Americans (seven of those being Hermain Cain), four by Arab-Americans, and three by Latinos.
They always have an excuse for it. In the Bush era, they said it was because Republicans were in power. Of course, that metric didn't count with the bookers when Democrats took control. In the present day, I suppose they use the protracted GOP nomination race for cover. Yet GOPers still whine they can't get a break from that damn liberal "lamestream" media. And the rubes repeat that phony mantra as gospel.

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