GOP Lawmakers Outnumber Democratic Lawmakers 2 To 1 In Stimulus Debate On Cable News

Craig Brown

Think Progress is reporting today:

As Media Matters has documented, during the Bush administration, the media consistently allowed conservatives to dominate their shows, booking them as guests far more often than progressives. The rationale was that Republicans were "in power."

It appears that old habits die hard. Even though President Obama and
his team are in control of the executive branch and Democrats are in
the majority in Congress, the cable networks are still turning more
often to Republicans and allowing them to set the agenda on major
issues, most recently on the debate over the economic recovery package.

On Sunday, conservatives began an all-out assault on President Obama's economic recovery plan, with House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) both announcing that they would vote against the plan as it stood. Despite Obama's efforts at good faith outreach, congressional conservatives have continued to attack the stimulus plan with a series of false and disingenuous arguments.

The media have been aiding their efforts. In a new analysis,
ThinkProgress has found that the five cable news networks - CNN, MSNBC,
Fox News, Fox Business and CNBC - have hosted more Republican lawmakers
to discuss the plan than Democrats by a 2 to 1 ratio this week:



Lawmaker Appearances On Cable News 1/26-1/28



Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) (2)
Rep. John Campbell (R-CA)
Sen. John Ensign (R-NV)
Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) (3)
Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX)
Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) (2)
Rep. Peter King (R-NY) (2)
Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R-TX)
Rep. Jim Gerlach (R-PA)
Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA)
Sen. John Thune (R-SD)
Sen. Robert Bennett (R-UT)
Sen. Johnny Isakson(R-GA)
Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA)
Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)


Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA)
Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA)
Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD)
Rep. Tom Perrelio (D-VA)
Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) (2)
Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI)
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD)
Rep. Robert Wexler (D-FL)



Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA)
Rep. Zach Wamp (R-TN)
Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)
Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK)
Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX)
Rep. Tom Price (R-GA)


Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH)

Fox News:


Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) (2)
Rep. Tom Price (R-GA)
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN)
Sen. David Vitter (R-LA)
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA)
Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK)


Rep. Melissa Bean (D-IL)
Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)
Sen. Roland Burris (D-IL)
Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA)
Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH)
Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-NY)

Fox Business:


Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC)
Rep. John Mica (R-FL)
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) (2)
Rep. John Campbell IR-CA)
Rep. Jeff Flake (R-AZ)
Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN)


Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR)
Rep. Paul Hodes (D-NH)
Rep. Sander Levin (D-MI)



Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-AL)
Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA)
Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX)
Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ)
Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)
Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN)
Sen. Robert Bennett (R-UT)
Sen. John Ensign (R-NV)
Sen. Jim Bunning (R-KY)


Rep. Chris Van Hollen (R-MD)
Rep. Paul Kanjorski (D-PA)
Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD)

Compiled by checking transcripts in Lexis-Nexis, AP Exchange and using media monitoring websites.

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