Study: White Men Dominate Sunday Shows

By Mark Joyella 

In a year focused on issues of immigration and the shifting demographics of the American electorate, guest bookings on the Sunday public affairs shows in 2015 were dominated by white men.


“In 2015, the guests on the five Sunday morning political talk shows were once again overwhelmingly white, conservative, and male in every category measured,” concluded a study published Tuesday by Media Matters, which reviewed guest appearances for 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:

Men represented at least two-thirds–and in several cases as much as three-quarters–of all guests on the Sunday shows. Face the Nation had the greatest disparity with 76 percent of guests being men. This Week and Fox News Sunday each hosted men 74 percent of the time, and State of the Union hosted men 72 percent of the time. Meet the Press, which had the best gender diversity among the shows, still hosted more than twice as many men as women.