From the July 4 edition of CNN's State of the Union with Candy Crowley:
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Several Sunday talk show hosts allowed GOP lawmakers to push misinformation about Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan, without challenging or questioning their statements. The hosts of CNN's State of the Union, Fox News Sunday, and Meet the Press allowed Republican senators to advance already debunked claims about Kagan's stance toward the Second Amendment, her opinions about Israel's Judge Barak, and her actions regarding military recruitment at Harvard Law School.
On Sunday, Politico reported a finding by American University's Women & Politics Institute that "female lawmakers have composed 13.5 percent of the total Sunday show appearances by all representatives and senators this year." (That finding was consistent with a 2007 Media Matters study that examined all Sunday show guests -- not just lawmakers -- in 2005 and 2006, finding that about 80 percent of guests were men and roughly 90 percent were white.)
The reason for this disparity is simple: the Sunday shows do not prioritize the diversity of their guest lists. This is true of gender diversity, racial and ethnic diversity, and, too often, diversity of viewpoints and policy positions. (In the run-up to the Iraq war, for example, Meet the Press hosted nearly three times as many Democrats who supported the Congressional measure authorizing the use of force as Democrats who opposed it -- despite the fact that a majority of Congressional Democrats opposed the measure.)
But the people responsible for producing Sunday shows don't want to say that they don't prioritize the diversity of their guest lists (maybe they don't even realize that they don't prioritize diversity.) So they come up with other explanations. If the Politico article is any indication, their current approach seems to be to blame women: