However, public opinion remains divided about whether the film industry is doing enough to represent racial minorities. African Americans, in particular, are concerned about movie stereotyping, with 70 percent of respondents in a survey stating that Hollywood films often give into stereotypes when portraying racial minorities.
Moving away from the movie industry, a similar picture emerges in television. A cross-section of popular talk shows, such as The O’Reilly Factor and Hannity, illustrates that ethnic minorities are being under-represented. Of the guests that Bill O’Reilly welcomed to his daily talk show in 2014, an estimated 90 percent were white. Behind-the-camera work is no different, as 72 percent of the showrunners for new television shows in the 2016-2017 season were white males, in contrast to six percent who were non-white males and four percent who were non-white females.
In more traditional types of media such as newspapers and publishing, the role of minorities has remained constant in recent years. As of 2015, 12.76 percent of journalists at daily newspapers were from an ethnic minority, slightly down from 13.26 percent in 2010. In the publishing industry as a whole, the latest figures show that 88 percent of employees were white, in comparison to only four percent Hispanic and two percent African-American.