Media Matters released a new report this week showing that in the first 18 weeks of 2015, Latinos were four percent of guests on the English-language Sunday shows, which is a decline from 42 percent during the last few months of 2014. 13 percent of the Latino guests who appeared on the shows during the initial part of this year on the English-language shows spoke about immigration. During this same period that was analyzed, there were no Latino guests on English-language shows who discussed health care, and only nine percent talked about the economy.
This data shows that despite Latinos constituting 17.4 percent of the population, they are not incorporated into the public affairs dialogue in the mainstream English-language media. Furthermore, on the Spanish-language public affairs shows, the topic of immigration dominates the conversation.
If so few Latinos are invited as guests on the Sunday English-language shows at a time when there are emerging Latino voices and experts in areas such as immigration, the economy, criminal justice, reproductive rights, education and more, one has to wonder if the networks are excluding Latino experts on purpose or out of laziness.
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Photo credit: DSC_0275 Maria Hinojosa, award-winning journalist, delivers a keynote address by unitedchurchofchrist, licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.
*Maria Hinojosa is one of the few Latinas who does occasionally appear on the Sunday English-language shows.