Monday, February 13, 2006

Right Dominates Sunday Morning Shows

Interesting story reflecting on the political ideology of guests of the three major Sunday news shows. This includes Meet the Press and Face the Nation, I can't find the third show they're referring to. Here's the graph.

Apparently 58% of the guests on Sunday political talk shows were identifiably conservative or Republican in 2005. That's up from 49% in 1997, at the height of the Clinton administration. Every year since 1997 has been majority conservative.


At 8:52 PM, Blogger Ken Adams said...

You might want to read the study report, as the Washington Monthly doesn't tell the whole story. During Clinton's second term, 45% of the elected/adminstration guests were identified as Republicans, while 53% were identified as Democrats. That swings to 61-39 toward Republicans during Bush's first term (chart, page 23).
The number one and two guests in the study? John McCain and Joe Biden, with 204 appearances between them (chart, page 27). McCain, obviously, is classified as a Republican, but he's definitely no shill for the administration.
Eight of the top ten are Senators. If you exclude the two camera hogs, the Republican Senators average about 6 appearances each per year, while the Democrat Senators average about 7. By comparison, McCain manages to show up 15 times per year. They don't call him (R-Media) for nothin'!

At 10:22 AM, Anonymous njcons said...

Actuall, it kind of makes some intuitive sense that the party in power will have more appearances on the Sunday morning shows as they are the ones making the news.


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