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David Broder

David Broder is a fixture on Sunday morning television. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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People who watch television news and commentary see an unending stream of white male faces, says Ari Melber, a correspondent for The Nation. To prove his point, Melber turns to statistics from a recent edition of Media Matters, which found that in a single 18-month period, only two black women besides Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice appeared on the Sunday morning talk shows.

Melber says the lack of diversity on-screen is due partly to ideological bias. But it's a matter of habit, he says. "People book the same old faces, especially on television," he says. "You have this idea that David Broder and David Gergen are the deans of political commentary. And with all due respect to their experience, they are at a very advanced stage in their career. They have been doing this for 40 years. If you go back to them, then that's a very closed circuit."



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