Tue. Jan 31st, 2023

Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez finally agreed to a debate with Republican Assemblyman Van Tran – but the cowards are doing the debate alone, without an audience, on KOCE TV.  And they didn’t invite Cecilia Iglesias, the independent candidate who qualified for the ballot by collecting over 11,000 signatures.  Not fair!



The debate will be moderated by Ed Arnold, the host of the station’s Real Orange news program. For now, the KOCE debate is the only one on the schedule before Election Day on Nov. 2. The first segment will air on KOCE at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 13; the second segment will air at the same time on Oct. 14, according to the O.C. Register.

This is B.S.  Why won’t KOCE let Iglesias participate?  Win or lose, she deserves to be heard.  And she just might decide the winner of this race. It is time for our voices to be heard!

Here are the contact phone numbers and email addresses for KOCE, which has an all-white news team:

Real Orange, 714.861.4355, realo@koce.org.  Email Ed Arnold at earnold@koce.org.  Email his co-host at apulice@koce.org.  Email the news director, Michael Taylor, at mtaylor@koce.org.  Email the Associate Producer, Shelly Guthrie, at sguthrie@koce.org

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The New Santa Ana blog has been covering news, events and politics in Santa Ana since 2009.

4 thoughts on “Why is KOCE shutting Iglesias out of the Tran vs. Sanchez debate on Oct. 13?”
  1. Art, why did you need to articulate this?
    “Here are the contact phone numbers and email addresses for KOCE, which has an all-white news team”
    All-white? Now, who is it viewing the world in color-shaded glasses? I believe it’s you, Art.

    1. booper,

      Do you watch TV news? Every local station has at least a few token Latino and Asian reporters. The OC is now a diverse county, but you would not know that to look at KOCE’s news team, which is 100% white.

  2. I hate to do it, but I guess I’ll have to slip on color-shaded glasses, too. The last I looked, David Nazar did not look “white”. He doesn’t count? I think he’s excellent in his profession.

    1. booper,

      He looks white to me. His name appears to be Middle Eastern. KOCE should have at least two to four Latinos and Asians on their staff, period.

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