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This week on Meet The Press: Rand Paul, Joe Sestak and a bunch of other white guys

May 21, 2010

Rand Paul, the Republican’s nominee for Senate from Kentucky, and Joe Sestak, the Democrat’s nominee for Senate from Pennsylvania will be the top guests this week.

Also joining will be Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), the New York Times’ Tom Friedman, the Wall Street Journal’s Paul Gigot, Andrea Mitchell of NBC News, and the Washington Post’s Bob Woodward.

Note: Last week I worried that Meet The Press had completely given up on racial and gender diversity in its guests. On that show, there were six guests which included one female and no African-Americans. This week there are eight guest which include one female and no African-Americans.

I understand that the top half of the show is driven by newsmakers. If a woman or African-American had beaten the party establishment choice in a primary last week, I will assume MTP would have them as a guest.

But the second half of the show is booked completely at the discretion of the MTP producers. They can choose to make these panels more reflective of the country or not.

One ironic thing I note after looking back at a few month’s worth of MTP guests… the top half of the show may actually have a little more diversity than the bottom half simply because President Obama’s Cabinet and advisers include Hillary Clinton, Valerie Jarret, Eric Holder, Janet Napolitano, Rajiv Shah, etc.

If the president can find women and minorities to run the country, I bet the MTP producers can find a variety of women and minorities to help explain policies and politics.

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