Media Matters recorded all guests who appeared during evening cable news programming on CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC for the month of April 2013. Media Matters reviewed raw video of all news shows airing between 6 p.m. and 11 p.m., Monday through Friday.
While CNN’s The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer begins at 5 p.m., we only included guests appearing after 6 p.m. Media Matters included the 7 p.m. rebroadcast of MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews instead of its initial 5 p.m. broadcast. Media Matters excluded Fox News’ Fox Report with Shepard Smith since the show’s format is primarily straight news with hardly any guests at all. This is in contrast to Special Report with Bret Baier, another Fox show that is primarily straight news, because Special Report has a regular guest panel at the end of every broadcast. MSNBC’s The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell only airs Monday through Thursday; all other shows air Monday through Friday.
Media Matters did not count news correspondents providing updates to ongoing stories or presenting prerecorded news packages. Media Matters did not count any individuals briefly clipped during prerecorded news packages; however, Media Matters did count prerecorded interviewees as guests. Guests who appeared in multiple segments during a news show were only counted once for that show and date. Foreign nationals were excluded from the results.
For guests who appeared during a phone interview and were otherwise unidentifiable and for the few guests where we were unsure of ethnicity, we omitted them from the data.
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