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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Further proof that the world only cares when it works against Romney, not for him. He can interrupt our president all during the first debate, and people call it being affirmative. He can blatantly lie through his teeth to get votes, and people thank him for adressing the issues at hand. But the second Romney's image starts to be revealed for what it really is, they look for anything to attack Obama's victory with. I didn't actually see the debate, but if she did do this, it was unprofessional. However, people wouldn't have cared if she was a Romney supporter.

@ Samantha

Candy is a professional. She did what she was supposed to do. There were times before the debate when she was reporting positive news about Romney.
She was simply doing her job during the debate.

@ Samantha is baffeling how brain dead the rightwingers are.


I am a democrat - Crowley was an incompetent moderator. She was bias and even decided to participate in the debate !!! Too bad CNN chose her for such an important task.


Crowley's biased performance is just further rising confirmation of mainstream media's support for Obama or any democratic candidate. This behavior by the media will backfire and ultimately produce the election result that they are trying to prevent.


What Crowley did the other night at the debate, is 100% TOTALLY INAPPROPRIATE. MODERATORS ARE "NOT" supposed to inject THEIR opinions whatsoever on any debate! She broke that rule and should be fired. NO EXCUSE. How dare she call herself a professional!


I am Canadian, I was so impressed by Candy Crowley's handling of the debate that if I were American, I would vote for her as President. God help the people of the United States of America.

@ Bruce Fligg

I'M Canadian as well and that what the most biased debate I've ever seen. The moderator is not supposed to get involved with passing any opinions at all. That is not their responsibility!!! No surprise that the media is against Romney.

@ Bruce Fligg

Agree with Bruce. Despite the blatant Obama lies, failures and anti-Christian beliefs, Americans are still voting for him. Have they lost their sense of values?

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