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An analysis of data compiled by the Women in Politics Institute at American University by The New York Times Upshot blog has concluded that conservative members of the current Congress have made a majority of the appearances on the Sunday morning talk shows, largely due to the number of appearances by Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Mitch McConnell.

The Upshot matched the list of frequent guests to ideological scores generated by Crowdpac, a website that scores candidates on a scale from “10 Liberal” to “10 Conservative” to come up with their results, which showed that senators and representatives from the conservative spectrum made 57 percent of the appearances, compared with 42 percent for liberals.

I don’t know too many people who would classify McCain, Graham and McConnell as conservative, and even Crowdpac gives them scores of 4.7, 5.1 and 4.7 respectively, which means that they are moderate at best and certainly not conservative.

By comparison Crowdpac gives Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) a score of 10 and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) a score of 9.1, making them solid conservatives based on their criteria, yet they make far fewer appearances than the supposedly conservative McCain and company.

The Upshot all but confirmed the bias against true conservatives, saying that current or former lawmakers with the highest scores appeared on the Sunday shows and that those with scores of 7, 8 or 9 on either side of the political spectrum.represent 36 percent of the House and Senate, and made just one quarter of all congressional appearances on the shows.

What isn’t factored into this analysis is the bias of the other Sunday show guests and the moderators, which tilts most of them to the liberal side despite the “conservative” lawmakers’ appearances.

This so-called analysis by The Upshot was nothing more than another attempt by the liberal media to try and portray the Sunday morning talks shows as being more than fair to conservatives. But in stretching the definition of conservative to include the likes of McCain, Graham and McConnell, they only reaffirmed how far they will go to hide their bias.

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