Sunday Morning Shows: Parade of the White Dudes

Morning talk doesn't show as much diversity as the nation does
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 14, 2008 1:00 PM CST
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, appearing on "Fox News Sunday" on Dec. 7, 2008, is one of the few women and African Americans seen on the Sunday morning political shows.   (AP Photo/FOX News Sunday, Freddie Lee)
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(Newser) – As women and minorities increasingly head up the US government, Face the Nation isn't showing a very accurate sample of the nation's faces anymore, and This Week is looking more like Last Century. Across the Sunday morning political shows, 80% of the guests are white, and 80% are men, reports the San Francisco Chronicle, noting that David Gregory today became the latest white guy to moderate—a role only three women have held since the 1940s.

The numbers would be even more skewed if it weren't for frequent appearances by Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice, but the shows' hosts say they simply book guests based on who has the power in Washington. If Barack Obama's administration is as diverse as many expect it to be, that might save Sunday morning from its increasingly old-boys-club vibe.