Report: Sunday News Shows Still Overwhelmingly Feature Male Guests

Men still comprise about three quarters of the guests on the five major Sunday talk shows, according to the 2014 Status of Women in the U.S. Media report released Wednesday by the Women’s Media Center.

Of the five top Sunday shows, CNN’s “State of the Union,” anchored by Candy Crowley, and ABC’s “This Week” tied for the highest percentage of total female guests at 28 percent, according to the “Sunday Morning Monitor” at the American University Women and Politics Institute.

Twenty-five percent of the guests interviewed on CBS’ “Face the Nation” and NBC’s “Meet the Press” were female. On “Fox News Sunday,” 24 percent of the guests were female.

Seventy-four percent of elected officials who were guests on Sunday shows were men, according to the American University Women and Politics Institute.

Sunday shows on MSNBC and CNN had fewer white male guests than the talk shows on ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC in the first six months of 2013, according to a Media Matters analysis cited the the Women’s Media Center report.

The percentage of female guests on Sunday shows hasn’t changed much since 2012, when 29 percent of roundtable participants and 14 percent of lawmakers on the talk shows were women, according to the 2013 Women’s Media Center report.

The Women’s Media Center also found that male opinion page writers outnumbered women four-to-one at three major papers — The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post — and four major syndicates.

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