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CNN Casting New Show - So Far, Only Men Need Apply

September 9, 2009

According to this Mediabistro item, CNN is casting a new "Crossfire" type show, where liberal and conservative thinkers will go head to head. So far, the names mentioned in consideration for the show include Roland Martin, Errol Louis, Cenk Uygur and Steve A. Smith on the left and Roe Conn, Joe Watkins, Steve Malzberg and  Joe Pagliarulo on the right. Hopefully the names of the women candidates being considered for these slots will be released soon. As we often note at the WMC, despite being 51% of the population, women hold only 3% of clout positions in media. And as the the recent success of Rachel Maddow has shown, news consumers are hungry for a break from all-male news shows. The WMC will be closely watching the developments and will let you know if and when we need to take action to urge CNN to show parity in casting.