Vast Right Wing Media Conspiracy: 70% of Sunday Show Guests Are Republicans
I don’t see a conspiracy here, it’s just that right wing relics who like to shout at the screen are among the few people who still regularly watch the Sunday am shows outside of pundit circles .
Contrary to Mitt Romney’s claims of vast left wing media conspiracy, a new study by FAIR has found that 70% of Sunday news show guests are Republicans.
A study of the network Sunday morning news shows by Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR) found an extreme Republican bias in ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox. According to FAIR, 70% of the interview guests were Republicans. Despite the fact that Democrats control both the White House and the Senate, 166 Republicans were interviewed on these programs. The programs interviewed just 70 Democrats. Eighty six percent of the Sunday morning guests were male, and 92% of guests were also white.
Of the thirty six interviews of women, eighteen featured Michele Bachmann. Of the fifteen interviews of African Americans, seven of them featured Herman Cain. The roundtable segments were also dominated by Republicans and conservatives. Republicans and conservatives outnumbered Democrats and progressives 282-164, and the gap is getting bigger.
Those on the right may want to attribute the tilted coverage towards the right to the 2012 Republican primary, but the GOP primary doesn’t explain the conservative media bias that was present on these shows in 2004 when Democrats were vying to unseat Republican incumbent president George W. Bush. In 2004, Republicans/conservatives outnumbered Democrats/progressives 57%-43%. In eight years, the right wing bias of the Sunday news shows has grown by 13%.