FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting
C-SPAN Slanting Right
Washington Journal's Guestlist Lacks Balance
NEW YORK - December 19 - In the December issue of Extra!, FAIR published a study of the guestlist on C-SPAN's Washington Journal. Though C-SPAN's "flagship viewer call-in program" prides itself on its reputation for fairness, FAIR's study found that reputation does not reflect reality. But C-SPAN's response thus far has been silence.
Extra! studied Washington Journal's guestlist, tabulating all 663 guests who appeared on the show in the six-month period from November 1, 2004 to April 30, 2005. Guests were classified by gender, ethnicity, party affiliation (if any) and occupation. The study also looked at the think tanks most prominently represented on the show. Among the most striking findings:
But since publication of the study, C-SPAN has declined to comment on the results, saying only that they would "keep it under advisement." They also turned down a FAIR offer to appear on Washington Journal to discuss the issue.
Please contact C-SPAN and let them know your thoughts about the study.
If you're concerned about the imbalance on Washington Journal, you can also call the viewer hotline this week to voice your concerns over the air:
The show usually airs weekdays from 7-10 AM and weekends 8-10 AM EST.