Republicans rule, so do men on the Sunday political shows.

Republicans rule, so do men on the Sunday political shows.



THE SUNDAY political show boys’ club continues. I started writing about it before 2006, with “Meet the Press” always a culprit, back in the Tim Russert era.

It should also be noted that in a country where independents now outnumber Democrats and Republicans, there is rarely one seen anywhere on any Sunday set.

One reason I began writing about the Sunday political show boys’ club is that it makes it even harder for women to rise to the top rungs in leadership, let alone break the commander in chief glass ceiling. If female political and business leaders aren’t featured on the Sunday political shows, which become all anyone talks about at the beginning of the week, why would voters think there are women who can handle the same jobs?

Steve Benen dissects the 2013 reality for women, which also reveals why I no longer watch these shows anymore. It’s my own personal boycott of programming that should have changed a long time ago. It’s much easier to read the transcripts I get sent, and reports on the web, rather than give these shows the time of day.

The general impression is rooted in fact: the Sunday shows love Republicans. “Meet the Press,” “Face the Nation,” “This Week,” “State of the Union,” and “Fox News Sunday,” hoping to reflect and help shape the conventional wisdom for the political world, collectively favor GOP guests over Democratic guests every year, but who were the big winners in 2013?

The above chart shows every political figure who made 10 or more Sunday show appearances this year, with red columns representing Republicans and blue columns representing Democrats. For 2013, the race wasn’t especially close ““ House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) easily came out on top, making 27 appearances this year. That works out to an average of one appearance every 1.9 weeks (or 2.25 Sunday show appearances a month, every month for a year).