Most Guests on Cable News Evening Shows Have Two Things in Common

Jul 17, 2014  •  Post A Comment

The guests who appear on evening programs on the cable news channels tend to have two things in common. Citing a new survey by the media watchdog group Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR), TVNewser.com reports that those guests are overwhelmingly male, and overwhelmingly white.

The survey studied six cable news shows — two each on Fox News (“The O’Reilly Factor” and "Hannity"), CNN ("OutFront with Erin Burnett" and "Anderson Cooper 360") and MSNBC ("All In with Chris Hayes" and “The Rachel Maddow Show”) — analyzing the roster of guests over a five-week period.

Out of the 1,015 guests who appeared during the study period, 84% were white, and 72% were male, the story reports. The most diverse show in terms of ethnicity was “All In” on MSNBC (73% white guests, 27% guests of color), while “The O’Reilly Factor” was the most diverse based on gender (64% male guests, 36% female guests).

Least diverse: In ethnicity, it was "Maddow" (94% white, 6% guests of color) and in gender it was "OutFront" (81% male, 19% female).

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