London's Daily Mail reported Oct. 17:
"CNN's managing editor, Mark Whitaker, congratulated his anchor on her role as moderator: 'Let's start with a big round of applause for Candy Crowley for a superb job under the most difficult circumstances imaginable. … The reviews on Candy's performance have been overwhelmingly positive. …"
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Let's consider five among Candy Crowley's debate-moderator-performance reviews:
- From Breitbart columnist William Bigelow: "Crowley interrupted Romney 28 times – 28 times. Her desperation to keep Romney from scoring points was so patently obvious that it wasn't really a surprise when she had her infamous moment: the moment when she interrupted and falsely claimed Romney was incorrect in accusing Obama of refusing to call the Benghazi attack an act of terror. …"After the question asking whether gas prices as they stand now are the new normal, Obama got two chances to respond. When Romney asked for his second chance, Crowley shut him off by saying, ' … in the follow up, it doesn't quite work like that. But I'm going to give you a chance here. I promise you, I'm going to.' She didn't."
- From FrontPageMag.org's Daniel Greenman: "From the memorandum of understanding governing the town hall debate:"'The moderator will not ask follow-up questions or comment on either the questions asked by the audience or the answers of the candidates during the debate or otherwise intervene in the debate except to acknowledge the questioners from the audience or enforce the time limits and invite candidate comments during the two-minute response period.'
"Candy Crowley accepted it and then violated it repeatedly, most egregiously when she falsely claimed Obama had called Benghazi a terrorist attack. Not only was she a liar and wrong … but attempting to fact check Romney was so far outside her role in the debate that she was acting like the third candidate. And the fact that there will be no accountability for her misbehavior or her lying is another reminder of why moderators should no longer come from the journalist class."
- From Rush Limbaugh: "In a real world, she woulda committed career suicide last night, in the real world. In the media world I grew up in, her career would be finished. It won't be now, because she gave it her all for the good guys. She gave it all for the right side. But she committed an act of journalistic terror, or malpractice, last night. If there were any journalistic standards, what she did last night would have been the equivalent of blowing up her career like a suicide bomber. But there aren't any journalistic standards anymore. She's going to be praised and celebrated, probably get a raise, maybe give her another half hour on that show she hosts."
- From Bryan Preston of PJ Media: "Candy Crowley's bias was insidious. She chose the questions and the questioners. She let Obama's towering ignorance on gas prices slip by unremarked. She corrected Mitt Romney with incorrect facts, allowing Obama to escape the most dangerous moment of the debate. She did what she could to tilt this debate in Obama's favor without ever acknowledging that she was doing so. She knew what she was doing."No mainstream media figure should ever be allowed to moderate another debate. They keep stacking the deck and favoring one side over the other. It's always the same side that they favor. They're despicable hypocrites who keep getting worse year by year.
"Crowley has given a sort-of admission that she might have been wrong, after the fact. But damage done. She skewed the debate and let Obama off the hook. Mission accomplished."
- From Selwyn Duke of American Thinker: "[M]ost of the questions asked clearly played into the liberal agenda. This isn't surprising since they were chosen by Crowley herself. And we should ask: Why was oneliberal in a nation of 308 million people empowered to unilaterally choose the questions for a presidential debate? There couldn't have been a conservative choosing half of them? And how about, perish the thought, having a conservative as a debate moderator one of these days?"In fact, it would have been laughable if not so tragic, as Crowley was clearly out of her depth and ended up deep-sixing the truth. …
"[L]iberals will so often swear up and down that they're 'moderates'; it's why they'll say with a straight face that there's no bias in the mainstream media. For they truly are in the center – of their own little world."