July 21, 2013

Good Charlotte -- Predictable

To the surprise of absolutely no one other than those who really believe there is a "liberal media", Media Matters has come out with yet another study quantifying yet again that the Sunday shows are dominated by white male Christian conservatives. Here's the ironic thing about it: When you consider how little representation or consideration any other demographic group gets over white conservative males, there's little wonder why we have so little trust in both the media and the politicians they cover. But you know who crows the loudest over media bias and claims that their point of view is given short shrift? That's right, those conservative white males.

To their credit and my eternal appreciation, Media Matters did single out "Melissa Harris-Perry" and "UP with Steve Kornacki" as doing a far better job with offering a balance of viewpoints and inviting on more women and people of color in general. Would that the other mainstream shows try to be as inclusive.

ABC's "This Week" — Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas; Detroit Mayor Dave Bing. Roundtable: former Obama White House Green Jobs Adviser and co-host of CNN’s “Crossfire” Van Jones; former Bush White House Press Secretary Dana Perino, a Fox News contributor and co-host of Fox News Channel’s “The Five”; ABC News’ Cokie Roberts; ABC News Political Analyst and Special Correspondent Matthew Dowd; ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl; and ABC News Senior Justice Correspondent Pierre Thomas. Piper Kerman, author of “Orange is the New Black”.

NBC's "Meet the Press" — Race relations roundtable: Marc Morial, President of the National Urban League and former Mayor of New Orleans; Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH), Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus; Tavis Smiley, Host of the "Tavis Smiley Show" on PBS; Charles Ogletree, Professor at Harvard Law School; and Michael Steele, MSNBC Political Analyst and former Chairman of the Republican National Committee. Political roundtable: former Democratic Governor of Michigan Jennifer Granholm, NBC News' Chuck Todd and NY Times Columnist David Brooks.

CBS' "Face the Nation" — House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio; Gov. Rick Snyder, R-Mich. Roundtable: The Washington Post's David Ignatius, USA Today's Susan Page, TIME's Michael Scherer and The Wall Street Journal's Gerald Seib

MSNBC's "UP with Steve Kornacki" - Amanda Terkel, Huffington Post; Celinda Lake, Democratic pollster; Kim Gandy, President & CEO, National Network to End Domestic Violence; Nick Acocella, Politifax New Jersey; Ken Gross, Election Law Expert; Stephen Spaulding, Staff Counsel, Common Cause.

MSNBC's "Melissa Harris-Perry" - Tim Wise, Author, Dear White America; Amy Hagstrom Miller, President and CEO, Whole Woman's Health; Zillah Eisenstein, Emerita Professor, Department of Politics at Ithaca College; Jason Williams, Adjunct Professor, New Jersey City University; Dr. Willie Parker, Assoc. Medical Director, Family Planning Associates of Chicago; Chloe Angyal, Editor, Feministing.com; Billy Porter, Tony award winner for best actor in a musical.

MSNBC's "Disrupt with Karen Finney" - Sabina Siddiqui, Huffington Post; Raul Reyes, NBCLatino Contributor; Joshua DuBois, Former Spiritual advisor to President Obama; Fmr. Gov. Howard Dean (D-VT); Fmr. Sen. Byron Dorgan, Senior Policy Advisor, Arent Fox, LLP; Pamela McBride, Blue Star Families; Vivian Greentree, Blue Star Families; Rev. Dr. William Barber, President of the 125 chapter NC State Conference of the NAACP.

MSNBC's "The Ed Show" - Mahlon Mitchell, Madison, WI firefighter; St. Rep. Peter Barca (D-WI); Perry Bacon, TheGrio.com; Larry Cohen, President, Communications Workers of America; Joy Reid, TheGrio.com; Mike Papantonio, Host of Ring of Fire Radio.

CNN's "State of the Union" — Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.; Reps. Cedric Richmond, D-La., and Xavier Becerra, D-Calif.; New York Times columnist Charles Blow, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund president Sherrilyn Ifill and conservative commentator Crystal Wright.

CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS" - Malcolm Gladwell.

"Fox News Sunday" — Kevyn Orr, Detroit's emergency manager; Rep. Donna Edwards, D-Md.; Ben Carson, a pediatric neurosurgeon and Washington Times columnist. Panel: Bill Kristol, The Weekly Standard; Kirsten Powers, Daily Beast Columnist; Scott Brown, Former Republican Senator from Massachusetts; Evan Bayh, Former Democratic Senator from Indiana.

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