Only hours before the Republican debate airing on CNBC, GOP candidate Donald Trump, who has been slipping in the polls lately relative to Dr. Ben Carson, was taking aim at CNBC over its reporting of polls and suggesting the debate might not be fair.
".@CNBC continues to report fictious poll numbers. Number one, based on every statistic, is Trump (by a wide margin). They just can't say it!," he tweeted Wednesday, followed by: "Does anybody think that @CNBC will get their fictitious polling numbers corrected sometime prior to the start of the debate. Sad!"
The latest CBS/New York Times poll had Carson leading Trump, but still within the margin of error.
Trump also told Politico he did not expect the debate to be fair.
A CNBC spokesperson had no comment on what polls Trump was referring to—though the channel did post this story online early Wednesday morning—or his characterization of them or the debate, which airs Wednesday at 6-7:30 (undercard) and 9-11 p.m. (candidates averaging at least 2.5% over four national polls).
Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.
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