To defend Katie Couric‘s slumping Evening News ratings, CBS News senior VP of standards and special projects Linda Mason told CBS’ Public Eye, “I’m just surprised … that Katie is having such a tough time being accepted by the public, which seems to prefer the news from white guys, and now that Charlie‘s doing so well, from older white guys. I guess they want the reassurance of a Walter Cronkite.”
Again, that was CBS News’ senior VP of standards and special projects.
She shouldn’t be so shocked, however, if a study recently released by Media Matters is to be believed. “Sunday Shutout: The Lack of Gender & Ethnic Diversity on the Sunday Morning Talk Shows” concludes that the breakdown of guests appearing on Meet the Press, This Week, Face the Nation and Fox News Sunday reveals “men outnumber women by a 4-to-1 ratio.” Tim Russert‘s show, the timeslot’s highest-rated, was the worst offender, with men accounting for 85 percent of its guests.
The numbers get even worse when they are divided by racial background. Ninety percent of Face the Nation‘s guests are white versus just seven percent African American, with the other three Sunday shows following closely behind.
And we thought Veronica Corningstone had it bad.