Candy Crowley, CNN Debate Moderator, Accused of Anti-Romney Bias

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CNN has come under fire for moderator Candy Crowley's performance at this week's presidential debate, but the network brass is standing by its political correspondent.

Some observers feel she was disproportionately harsh on Mitt Romney. The network doesn't believe it, but worries about anything that "calls into question CNN's impartiality."

CNN's Managing Editor Mark Whitaker sent an email around the office praising Crowley and trying to blunt criticism that she was biased toward President Barack Obama.

It reads:

"Let's start with a big round of applause for Candy Crowley for a superb job under the most difficult circumstances imaginable."

"She and her team had to select and sequence questions in a matter of hours, and then had to deal with a tricky format, nervous questioners, and aggressive debaters, all while shutting out pre-debate attempts to spin and intimidate her. She pulled it off masterfully."

"The reviews on Candy's performance have been overwhelmingly positive but Romney supporters are going after her on two points, no doubt because their man did not have as good a night as he had in Denver."

"On the legitimacy of Candy fact-checking Romney on Obama's Rose Garden statement, it should be stressed that she was just stating a fact. Obama did talk about an act (or acts) of terror, no matter what you think he meant at the time."

"On why Obama got more time to speak, it should be noted that Candy and her commission producers tried to keep it even but that Obama went on longer largely because he speaks more slowly."

"We're going to do a word count to see whether, as in Denver, Romney actually got more words in even if he talked for a shorter period of time."

You be the judge: Was Candy biased?

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What a biased and prejudiced person Candy Crowley has shown herself to be. Clearly she is not a realiable news person upon whom the public can rely upon for unbiased presentation of the facts.


These Presidential debates are a biased joke anyway! I mean, how come a conservative leaning moderator isn't used for at least one? What they oughta do? Is have one debate with a bleeding-heart liberal journalist (Geesh! Tough choice since there's so many of them!), a middle of the road journalist, and a conservative-minded journalist and let the American people see what differences there are in how the candidates are handled, interrruped, and the type of questions that are fielded to each. Now THAT would offer some serious research information for political scientist who specialize in media bias in political campaigns without a doubt!


On Obama's Rose Garden claim on terrorism. When Romney challenged him Obama stated look at transcript. Suprisingly Crowley just happened to have copy available and more suprisingly was able to find passage very quickly. Very suspicious!

@ Jay

or...... Ms Crowley is a reporter and reported on the president at the time, and so knew for a fact that he said that. or..... you may be right. perhaps romney's team revealing they were going to bring that up in advance wasn't a good idea. The President could have given her a transcript just in case. i doubt there is a rule against it. By the way will Romney ever answer the question about the lilly ledbetter act. he told us about the infamous binders of women instead. Turns out the binders of RESUMES of women were given to both candidates for governor, and were NOT asked for by Romney. another 'fact' the governor should have gotten right. But then he cant do math very well either, so what else can he do but lie and mislead?


She was supposed to guide the debate not inject her own feeling which were very clear. Thought Big Bird would have done better. Do'n't know what rock she crawled from under. Please send her back.


We all knew how prejudice CNN is. Romney has once again walked into the Lions Den alone. This country is so full of hatred. The left hates Romney and for what? I will never look at the race card players the same.


are these guys for real?there was nothing wrong with the moderator. She did nothing wrong. I've got nothing against Obama OR Romney but Romney supporters are just grasping at straws


Really? She cut Romney off 28 times compared to Obama 9 times. She felt the need to ask Romney to "take a seat" when Obama had the floor, but ignored the fact that Obama was standing when Romney had the floor. She sided with Obama's blatant lie... do you even read the news!?!


These rightwingers are nuts. Romney should not be called out for his lies???
What flavor koolaid are you drinking today?


2 presidential debates. Mr. Potato head, Obama, was a twice baked potato. Romney for President.

@ allsaints45

You are potato head yourself and deserve president like romney, the rest of us do not. NO THANK YOU!


Was it just me? It seemed to me like she had the terror discussion "rehearsed" with the President. Way out of line. The rest of the debate seemed within reason.

@ Ron



Really Samantha, bet you got your Obama Phone! Really the debate was intense and Crowley Should be fired it was horrible. But oh well welcome to liberal mainstream media they will never change!

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