- - Thursday, September 24, 2015

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Fox News is not a conservative news organization, though many of its commentators, including Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly, seem to be conservatives. Republican presidential contender Sen. Ted Cruz was on Steven Colbert’s “Late Show” Monday night, but when watching “Fox and Friends” Tuesday morning, all the hosts mentioned was media darling Carly Fiorina being on Jimmy Fallon’s show. Not once did they mention Mr. Cruz’s appearance with Mr. Colbert. However, when Donald Trump was on “The Late Show,” Fox News had a story on it.

Then there was the CNN debate during which Jake Tapper allowed Mr. Trump and Mrs. Fiorina to go on and on without interruption when the two were talking about personal issues. Yet Mr. Tapper interrupted Mr. Cruz when Mr. Cruz was talking about policy issues. This is how the media influences voters and manipulates polls, tilting them in favor of the candidates the news media supports or likes.

I hope that CNBC, which is sponsoring the next Republican debate, acts responsibly, unlike Fox News and CNN. I hope it ensures all candidates have equal time. This will allow voters to make informed decisions on whom to support for the Republican nomination.

JOHN BLOOM

Newport News, Va.



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