In 2015, the guests on the five Sunday morning political talk shows were once again overwhelmingly white, conservative, and male in every category measured. This represents little change from previous Media Matters studies of Sunday show guests in 2013 and 2014.
The five shows Media Matters studied were ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos, CBS’ Face the Nation with John Dickerson, Fox’s Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace, NBC’s Meet the Press with Chuck Todd and CNN’s State of the Union with Jake Tapper.
And while white men make up 31 percent of the U.S. population, they make up over 50 percent of the guest populations on every one of the five shows. At 53 percent, MTP had the lowest percentage of white male guests, while FTN and FNS had the highest, both with 63 percent.
The study also breaks down guest appearances by gender, ethnicity, the gender and ethnic composition of political and admin official guests, the gender and ethnic composition of journalist guests, as well as the political ideology of guests. Here’s a chart for you in case you ever need to make a point about ideological media bias:
For those who want to pass the blame buck and point out that white men are over-represented in government and politics, especially at the highest levels, and the guest lists merely reflect that reality, they are are illustrating one of the problems of a non-diversified guest list: The reinforcement of conventional expectations for how power is wielded.
The guest choices, taken as a whole, demonstrate an inability or reluctance on the part of the shows to question the status quo. To the contrary, they often feel more like a celebration of the status quo than anything else.