Dog Bites Man: GOP Dominates Sunday News Shows

This is no surprise to any intelligent person who pays attention:

A new study by the liberal watchdog group [Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting] — which looked at ABC’s This Week, NBC’s Meet the Press, CBS’s Face the Nation and Fox News Sunday from August 2011 to February 2012 — claims that the Sunday morning shows have become “extraordinarily friendly terrain for the right.” Seventy percent of one-on-one interviews on the shows featured Republicans, according to the study. That’s 166 Republican guests to 70 Democrats. For the roundtable discussions, Republicans and/or conservatives made 282 appearances to 164 by Democrats and progressives.

Obviously the study comes in the middle of a fierce Republican presidential election fight, with the only Democratic candidate currently occupying the White House. Michele Bachmann appeared on the shows 18 times, Rick Santorum appeared 16 times and Newt Gingrich appeared 13 times, according to the study. But tilt to the right isn’t exclusive to a GOP primary. According to the study, the shows skewed right even during the 2004 election.

Partisanship aside, women made up just 29 percent of the shows’ roundtable guests. Eighty-five percent of the guests were white, 11 percent were African American and 3 percent were Latino.

Yawn. The study confirms my decision, years ago and continuing today, to save my Sunday mornings for the good Dog’s work… sleeping in.

And good luck on changing anything. Media networks exist to make money for their stockholders, and… let’s be clear about this… not for any other reason. You were expecting substantive news? Buy a newspaper… no, that doesn’t work anymore either; they’re barely large enough these days to line the birdcage bottom. No, if you want news, read the Web. Not everything there is news, but most of the news is there… and nowhere else.

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