Sunday, October 13, 2013

Melissa Harris-Perry Somehow Finds Guests Who Aren't All White Guys

Yet again, a report on the Sunday talk shows finds that they're dominated by white male guests (for instance, fully 75 percent of the people interviewed one-on-one on "Face the Nation" in the past few months were white men.)

And, yet again, there's one lonely show that's bucking the trend: "Melissa Harris-Perry."

From the Media Matters study:

Six of the seven shows analyzed...have hosted white men at a significantly higher rate than their 31 percent portion of the population. Melissa Harris-Perry provided the greatest diversity among guests, providing a much higher rate of white women and African-American guests than the other programs.

Take a look at this chart. Whereas almost 60 percent of the guests on "Meet the Press" were white men, Harris-Perry's bookers managed to put together a show with just under 30 percent of white male guests. Who knew it was possible?!


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