A little note from the Black Electorate.com (where I first saw this study referenced) and look at what we have here:
quote:A DIVERSITY STUDY OF NETWORK SUNDAY TALK SHOWS
In 1958, Martin Luther King wrote: "It is appalling that the most segregated hour of Christian America is eleven o'clock on Sunday morning." Today, nearly 50 years after Dr. King's incisive observation about America's churches, we are facing another form of Sunday Morning Apartheid: the Sunday morning talk shows.
According to a study conducted by the National Urban League Policy Institute, Sunday morning network and cable talk shows, a significant source of information, analysis and opinion on government, politics, and social issues, consistently fail to include African Americans in their lineups, either as interview guests or analysts. Among other findings, the study reveals:
-- more than 60 percent of the programs broadcast during the 18-month period studied had no black guests;This exclusion of African American voices is not unique to Sunday morning talk shows; with few exceptions, the television news outlets regularly fail to adequately include African Americans, other minorities and women in the vast majority of their news programming...
-- fewer than 8 percent of the guests on these programs have been black.
-- more than 69 percent of the appearances by black guests on these programs have been by three people -- Condoleezza Rice, Colin Powell, and Juan Williams.
Sunday morning talk shows frame the perception and coverage of issues that have a substantial impact on the American public. Yet these programs consistently lack any African American participation in the discussion of these issues -- from the war in Iraq to the economy to electoral politics to Social Security to judicial nominations -- leaving the impression that interest in and analysis of these topics are
"FOR WHITES ONLY."