State of the Nation

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  • REPORT: The Sunday Morning Shows Are Still White, Conservative, And Male

    ››› ››› ROB SAVILLO

    In the first six months of 2013, white men dominated the guest lists on the broadcast network Sunday shows and CNN's State of the Union. MSNBC was the only network achieving notable diversity in its guests, particularly on Melissa Harris-Perry's show. Republicans and conservatives are hosted significantly more on the broadcast Sunday shows than Democrats and progressives.

  • Sunday Shows Ignore Weeks Of Positive Economic News

    Blog ››› ››› CRAIG HARRINGTON

    Despite a number of significant economic developments, major network and cable Sunday shows have been largely silent on the economy.

    Media Matters research reveals that from May 12 to June 9, five major Sunday shows devoted only approximately 35 minutes of economic coverage.


    During this time period, the Sunday shows were silent on the economy and missed an opportunity to cover significant developments.

    • In the week leading up to May 12, the Dow Jones Industrial Average topped 15,000 points for the first time in history.
    • The week of May 19 saw the Congressional Budget Office reduce its deficit projection for 2013 by $200 billion.
    • During the week of May 26, the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations heard testimony from Apple CEO Tim Cook regarding corporate taxes, House Republicans passed their preferred version of student loan reform and an ABC News/ Washington Post survey revealed more Americans report feeling the negative effects of budget sequestration.
    • The week of June 2 showed the Standard & Poor's Case-Shiller home prices index rising at the fastest rate since April 2006, and the Consumer Confidence Index rose to the highest level since February 2008.
    • Finally, in the week of June 9, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 175,000 jobs created in May 2013 - marking 32 consecutive months of gains.

    Despite the various economic developments over this period, CNN and major network Sunday shows devoted little time to those stories. Only during the week of June 2 did coverage of the economy rise above five minutes, which provided three-quarters of the coverage for the entire five-week period.

  • February's Sunday Show Interview Tally: 52 Men, 4 Women

    Blog ››› ››› ERIC BOEHLERT

    During a month when the issues of birth control and women's access to health care flared up and became major topics of debate on the presidential campaign trail and in Washington, the Sunday morning talk shows once again loaded up their programs by hosting newsmaker interviews with men. Lots and lots of men.

    This past Sunday, for instance, NBC's Meet the Press, CBS's Face The Nation, ABC's This Week, Fox News Sunday and CNN's State of The Union hosted 16 interview subjects, 14 of which were with men. That imbalance has been consistent throughout the month. A total of 56 guests were booked on the Sunday programs to discuss national affairs in February. Of those, 52 were men. (The newsmaker tally does not include guests invited to participate in roundtable discussions this month.)

    And of the four women booked this month, just one, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, was associated with the Democratic Party, despite the fact Democrats currently control the White House and the Senate. "We complain about this all the time," a Democratic aide told Media Matters.

    And yes, the paucity of female guests this month was especially odd considering the controversy that erupted regarding the administration's plan to require religious institutions to offer contraception as part of their health care plan for employees. The Sunday programs discussed that story with 24 of their newsmaker guests, only two of whom were women -- former GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin and former GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann. (The topic was also covered in several roundtable discussion, which did include more female participants.)

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