Unfair and Unbalanced Network News

Brian Zick

"I'm Murdoch!" "No, I'm Murdoch!" "No, I'm Murdoch!" "No, I'm Murdoch!" "No, I'm Murdoch!"Media Matters has issued a report about Sunday network TV political programming entitled "If It's Sunday, It's Still Conservative: How the Right Continues to Dominate the Sunday Talk Shows." • Despite previous network claims that a conservative advantage existed on the Sunday shows simply because Republicans controlled Congress and the White House, only one show, ABC's This Week, has been roughly balanced between both sides overall since the congressional majority switched hands in the 2006 midterm elections. • Since the 2006 midterm elections, NBC's Meet the Press and CBS' Face the Nation have provided less balance between Republican and Democratic officials than Fox Broadcasting Co.'s Fox News Sunday despite the fact that Fox News Sunday remains the most unbalanced broadcast overall both before and after the election. • During the 109th Congress (2005 and 2006), Republicans and conservatives held the advantage on every show, in every category measured. All four shows interviewed more Republicans and conservatives than Democrats and progressives overall, interviewed more Republican elected and administration officials than Democratic officials, hosted more conservative journalists than progressive journalists, held more panels that tilted right than tilted left, and gave more solo interviews to Republicans and conservatives.

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