October 21st, 2012
12:51 PM ET

Debating The Debate Moderator

Nia-Malika Henderson, Roger Simon, Jackie Kucinich and Howard Kurtz look back at the second presidential debate; was criticism of moderator Candy Crowley fair?


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  1. Armando Butcher

    Good day! This post could not be written any better! Reading this post reminds me of my previous room mate! He always kept chatting about this. I will forward this write-up to him. Fairly certain he will have a good read. Thanks for sharing!


    January 12, 2021 at 2:28 am | Reply
  2. CJ

    At least we now know who is Obama Girl for the 2012 campaign... Candy Crowley!!

    October 24, 2012 at 2:38 am | Reply
  3. steve

    Howard Kurtz did exactly what the moderator did , lean a segment to the left .

    Howard conveniently left out the TIME CLOCK when he showed the moderator interrupting Romney from continuing, when he demanded equal time.

    Howard or is guests never mention that the by the end of the first 2 questions, The President had a 3 minute advantage on Romney . That's because Candy never allowed Romney to rebut the President's rebuttal , so in essence the President talked 4 times , Romney 3 times. Romney complained to that nature, Crowley shut him up .

    The President had a 6 minute talking lead at one point over Romney , how do you explain a 6 minute lead , when each candidate has 2 minutes to talk and there is a TIME CLOCK visible for both the candidate and the Moderator to see.

    Crowley interrupted Romney 28 times to interrupting the President 9 times.

    Crowley Fact Checked incorrectly saying that the President did say "Act of War " when he really said "Acts of War " referring to all extremists acts on Americas interests since 9/11/01.

    The most important question in the debate "Who was it that denied enhanced security and why? ", The President balked on the answer and Candy put her time into the question and deviated the question into a Fact Check . The Moderator NEVER insisted that the question be answered .

    In the end the President spoke 4 more minutes then Romney did , the same advantage he has got in every Debate.

    Town Hall Debates is about giving regular citizens an opportunity to get their questions answered, the Moderator didn't make it her point to have the candidates answer the questions. All the facts say that the Moderator was leaning a toward a certain party . Regardless who won or lost the debate , stating that one Party complains after their candidate loses the debate and blames the moderator has ZERO to do with it . Its like 3 or 4 awful calls are made in a football game , but those calls were ok to be made , since the team won even with the bad calls.

    My observation was that Candy Crowley is an Obama Groupie , she falls just short of collusion with the President and his people, by just happening to have handy the notes of the Rose Garden in her hand, on the "Act of Terror " statement, which happened to be the wrong phrase said in the transcript .

    October 22, 2012 at 12:49 am | Reply

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