Of the 503 guest appearances during segments identified as primarily about budget negotiations, only 22 -- about 4.4 percent -- were made by economists. The lack of economist representation was similar across networks. Economists accounted for 6.3 percent of guest appearances on CNN, 3.1 percent on Fox News, and 7.3 percent on MSNBC. No economists appeared on ABC, CBS, and NBC during the period analyzed.
You can click on the linked article for more interesting statistics on the content of economics and policy segments.
Why is this important? Two (related) reasons. First, it explains why the television discourse on economic-related issues is less, well, in depth or coherent than it should be. Second, it's a good reminder to not take what you see on television as representative of the general consensus among economists.