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What do Sunday talk shows all have in common? Aging white males

One of our favorite websites, MediaBistro.com, raises a good point:

How come all of the folks you'll see leading the Sunday morning talk shows today are aging white males?

Tom "Fall is a gorgeous time in Montana" Brokaw. Bob "I know how to do debates right" Schieffer. George "Meet you in the Green Room" Stephanopoulos. Chris "Juan always wants the last word" Wallace. Wolf "Either let it grow out or shave the thing off" Blitzer. Al "I actually found one black hair and pulled it out" Hunt. Chris "Did I mention I'm from Pennsylvania" Matthews.

Since NBC is looking for a permanent replacement for "Meet the Press'" temporary replacement Brokaw, why not a woman for a change?

MediaBistro mentions Andrea Mitchell, Gwen Ifill. What about Gloria Borger?

Let's see your nominees below.

--Andrew Malcolm

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Actually, this is a racist coment in itself. What you have failed to point out is that these are also proven journalists, and haven't even named anyone you would rather see. How about making suggestions instead of attacking, or do you prefer to just stir up trouble?

Pity you just know how to be an idiot.

Great point.

I've written some critical things of Mr. Malcolm in the past but if someone had said to me a major media outlet would point out that only aging white males seem to host Sunday talk shows and the person writing those words would be Andrew... well, you could've knocked me over with a feather.

I disagree with Ifill as a nominee based on her milquetoast performance in the second debate--she seems to more interested in neutrality than getting to the heart of a story. I confess that I don't have a nominee because if you eliminate aging white males, there's not a lot to choose from. I'd go with Rachel Maddow of MSNBC, except she seems to have gone head-over-heels into being an anti-Fox for liberals. Being a liberal, I'm fine with that on MSNBC but I'm not sure I want it on MTP.


Good idea. Maybe a woman would have challenged Colin Powell's sexist assertion that Gov. Palin, was not ready to be President. A woman might have pointed out that Sen. Obama has no executive experience whereas Governor Palin has executive experience as a Mayor and a Governor.

Good idea. Maybe a woman would have challenged Colin Powell's sexist assertion that Gov. Palin, was not ready to be President. A woman might have pointed out that Sen. Obama has no executive experience whereas Governor Palin has executive experience as a Mayor and a Governor.

Diversity by way of race and gendedr and also diversity of thought is necessary.

A woman? Sure! How about Deborah Norville??? (snicker)

The Obama camp only sees color, white, white , white!!!!

How about a Black female? FOR A REAL CHANGE???

Bee, I thought your question was about who would be good hosts/moderators -- but look how all of our friends manage to work in their anti-Obama rhetoric and bash Andrew at the same time.

Andrew is right, people all over American were commenting on the old white men thing -- more OLD than white -- I mean Brokaw RETIRED years ago. Why not bring back Walter Cronkite -- at least he's trusted and respectable. And male -- when you've got solid women journalists all over the place in 2008.

MT may say they are proven journalists -- I see them as proven in another era. Get Rich Sanchez who moderates a news program on CNN and continuously reads, assesses and shares Twitter comments. WITHOUT glasses. Brokaw and Schieffer couldn't manage that in a million years.

SO my nominees for consideration as moderators would be: Rachel Maddow, Anderson Cooper or Jon Stewart. A trifecta.

OR Campbell Brown? Chuck Todd who knows his #s? Rick Sanchez, mentioned again b/c he has a great talking-with-you style AND he doesn't think he knows it all, he takes feedback from viewers via Twitter and makes it part of the show. I mean jeez, guys, even Larry King is doing live polls and blogging during his show.

If the debate people keep sticking with the old, the tired and the RE-tired, they'll lose an entire generation of viewers. No, not the 20somethings -- my generation, the Boomers. Brokaw is too old and washed up for us!


Norah O'Donnell. She's easy on the eyes too.


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A veteran foreign and national correspondent, Andrew Malcolm has served on the L.A. Times Editorial Board and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2004. He is the author of 10 nonfiction books and father of four. Read more.
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