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Media Matters for America
JANUARY 21, 2005
11:59 AM
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No Room for Progressives on Cable News Inauguration Coverage, Says Media Matters for America

WASHINGTON -- January 21 -- Media Matters for America inventoried all guests who appeared on FOX News, CNN, and MSNBC during the channels' Jan. 20 inauguration coverage. Between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET, Republican and conservative guests and commentators outnumbered Democrats and progressives 19 to 7 on FOX, 10 to 1 on CNN (not including a Republican-skewed panel featuring Ohio voters), and 13 to 2 on MSNBC. Moreover, the rare Democrat or progressive guest usually appeared opposite conservatives, whereas most Republican and conservative guests and commentators appeared solo or alongside fellow conservatives. In this survey, Media Matters included only those commentators whose party or political affiliation is generally known.


FOX News

-- Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.)

-- Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.)

-- Brian Harlan, head of officially authorized Bush-Cheney inaugural memorabilia

-- Ashley Faulkner, star of "Ashley's Ad," campaign spot by pro-Bush political action committee

-- Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.)

-- Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.)

-- Bush-Cheney '04 chief campaign strategist Matthew Dowd

-- Weekly Standard executive editor Fred Barnes

-- U.S. News & World Report senior writer Michael Barone

-- National Review editor Rich Lowry

-- Wall Street Journal contributing editor Peggy Noonan

-- Weekly Standard editor William Kristol

-- Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer

-- Radio host and FOX News contributor Mike Gallagher (opposite Beckel)

-- Pro-Bush singer Tony Orlando

-- FOX News political analyst and radio host Tony Snow

-- Former Bush-Cheney '04 senior adviser Tucker Eskew

-- Boxing promoter and outspoken Bush supporter Don King

-- Advertising executive Jerry Della Femina (opposite Hindery, Koplovitz)


FOX News

-- Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.)

-- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)

-- Democratic strategist Bob Beckel (opposite Gallagher)

-- National Public Radio senior correspondent Juan Williams (opposite Barnes)

-- Rep. Harold Ford Jr. (D-Tenn.)

-- RTV Media chairman Kay Koplovitz (opposite Della Famina)

-- InterMedia Partners chairman Leo J. Hindery Jr. (opposite Della Famina)




-- Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.)

-- Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.)

-- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-Calif.)

-- Gov. George Pataki (R-N.Y.)

-- Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani

-- Former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer

-- Bush senior adviser Karen Hughes

-- White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card

-- National Review contributing editor David Frum

-- Republican author Doug Wead

Additional note: CNN political analyst Carlos Watson's Ohio citizens panel included four Republicans, one Democrat, and one swing voter.



-- Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.)



-- Vice President Dick Cheney

-- Lynne Cheney

-- Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.)

-- Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.)

-- Former Rep. J.C. Watts (R-Okla.)

-- MSNBC host and Former Rep. Joe Scarborough (R-Fla.)

-- Radio host and MSNBC contributor Monica Crowley

-- Washington Times editorial page editor Tony Blankley

-- Former Reagan Chief of Staff Ken Duberstein

-- Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge

-- Bush senior adviser Karen Hughes

-- Retired baseball manager Tommy Lasorda

-- Bush-Cheney '04 attorney Ben Ginsberg



-- Progressive blogger Ana Marie Cox (Wonkette)

-- MSNBC political analyst Ron Reagan Jr. (opposite Crowley, Watts, Scarborough)

-- Media Matters staff

Media Matters for America is a Web-based, not-for-profit, progressive research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media. Media Matters for America is the first organization to systematically monitor the media for conservative misinformation every day, in real time. For more information, visit


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