Was Candy Crowley the loser of the debate?

posted at 1:21 pm on October 17, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

I don’t think I’d call her a “winner,” not after having to retreat from her strange fact-checking interjection on Benghazi last night.  As more than one pundit has either written, Tweeted, or said last night and this morning, if you’re going to fact check in the middle of a debate you’re moderating, you’d better be sure you have the facts straight yourself.  Otherwise, you end up having to go on your own network, where you’ve already been fact-checked in the negative, and dance your statement back:

The debate last night reminded Matt Latimer of the Daily Beast of all the reasons why he hates these debates, a feeling which I share, but possibly for different reasons.  Latimer scoffed at the townhall format, which produced obviously biased questions — selected by Crowley herself before the event — disguised as impromptu queries from supposedly undecided voters.  The format “is the biggest travesty since the renewal of Mike and Molly,” Latimer writes, but it’s not just the format.

Take a look at the analysis of the debate in the media today.  The conclusions are based not on substance but on performance.  These are game shows.  On substance, Mitt Romney brought his agenda, while Obama left his at home and instead talked about Romney’s wealth and Romney’s business record, as well as Romney’s tax plan.  In a debate on substance, this would be as much a default by Obama as the first debate. Yet the media — with a couple of exceptions — seems to have barely noticed that Obama still isn’t talking about his second term agenda.  Analysts seem much more interested in stage presence and zingers, which is a symptom of what’s wrong in politics — and that’s not limited to the media or to one political party, either.

But back to the moderation.  Latimer calls Crowley the loser of the debate, and media moderators in general:

By far the biggest loser of the debate (after my former boss, George W., that is) was Candy Crowley. She is one of the most seasoned political reporters in Washington, but she came very close to becoming a participant in the debate. At some points she almost lost control, then seemed to interrupt Romney more often than Obama. The president also was given more time to speak overall. Ms. Crowley’s decision to buttress Obama’s declaration that Romney was being dishonest on Libya, however, will go into the Republican Party’s media-bias file for decades to come. Enjoy that moment—you’ll be seeing it again and again for years.

Noah Rothman at Mediaite also argues that Crowley demonstrated why Americans no longer trust the media:

 

“No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for,” said Obama in the Rose Garden on September 12, after two paragraphs of recounting how Americans responded to the attacks of September 11, 2001. The Obama campaign, knowing that they had advanced a false narrative for weeks and were being called on it, found the word “terror” in his initial response and relied on that speech to show that the president had known the Libya attack was terror all along.

This is wildly offensive to everyone who followed the story closely, but the president seemed to think that he could perhaps get away with it if he had the assistance of complicit journalists who would not fact check that hard. He could not have known the kind of gift he would receive from Candy Crowley — amid a presidential debate, no less.

Following the debate, Crowley appeared on her network where she shrugged and half-heartedly admitted that Romney was correct – that the Obama administration never described the Libya attack as a terrorist act and that they spent the better part of a month trying to convince the nation that what happened in Benghazi was anything but a premeditated assault. But, her instincts in the moment led her to chastise Romney because she felt “he used the wrong word.”

It was a shameful display and an indictment of so much of what is wrong with the media today. Broadly, it is also the reason why so few Americans trust the fourth estate –reporting means never having to say you’re sorry. Sometimes engaging in inaccurate opinion journalism does require a correction and Crowley was wrong and I believe she should make it far clearer than her equivocating mea culpa last night.

Breitbart goes to the transcript to get data in support of Latimer’s conclusion:

In the first presidential debate, Jim Lehrer, no slouch at shilling for the Democratic Party, interrupted Mitt Romney 15 times and Barack Obama only five.

Crowley made Lehrer look like an amateur. She interrupted Obama nine times, (although four of those were when he wouldn’t respect the time limit when discussing assault weapons; he went over his time limit all night long), but when it came to Mitt Romney, she was utterly beyond the pale.

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.

NRO’s Katrina Trinko finds a curious coincidence so far in the debate series:

According to the CNN debate clock, President Obama spoke at greater length than Mitt Romney during both debates, as did Vice President Biden during his debate with Paul Ryan. In the first debate, Obama spoke for 3 minutes, 14 seconds more than Romney — which means he got 8 percent more talking time than Romney. In last night’s debate, Obama spoke for 4 minutes and 18 seconds longer than Romney, giving him 11 percent more talking time. Obama talked for 52 percent of the time when either man had the floor, while Romney talked for 47 percent.

During the vice presidential debate, the gap wasn’t as wide: Biden spoke for 1 minute, 22 seconds more than Ryan. Still, that gave Biden 3 percent more speaking time than Ryan.

The moderator for next week’s debate on foreign policy is Bob Schieffer of CBS News.  Will he follow the same pattern?  Most will probably suspect so, but Schieffer was reportedly unhappy when the White House stiffed him this weekend on getting someone to discuss the Benghazi terrorist attack, and was one of the people to whom Susan Rice told the since-discredited “spontaneous demonstration” cover story.  We’ll see on Monday whether he intends to hold Obama to at least the same amount of scrutiny as Romney.  That clearly wasn’t the case last night.  Hopefully, though, he will remember what Crowley forgot — moderators aren’t supposed to debate the candidates.

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She attained the reverse of what she intended to.

Schadenfreude on October 17, 2012 at 1:23 PM

She did herself and Obama a huge disservice – Schadenfreude pure!

Schadenfreude on October 17, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Delightful, and way more to come.

We only know 20% about benghazi, yet.

Schadenfreude on October 17, 2012 at 1:25 PM

She already knew Romney was right – she flat out lied when she made that “correction”.

It was collusion, plain and simple.

Rebar on October 17, 2012 at 1:25 PM

How can you lose when you’re not in the game?

By inserting yourself into the game on the side of one of the actual players, and then f*cking that up, proving to all objective observers that you are biased?

That’s how.

novaculus on October 17, 2012 at 1:25 PM

The candidates spend days preparing for these debates with mock debaters. The moderators should be required to prepare. This is not a Sunday morning chat show.

Ted Torgerson on October 17, 2012 at 1:25 PM

May she never be a moderator again.

22044 on October 17, 2012 at 1:26 PM

The pen is mightier than the sword.

Our MSM is so disgraceful and unethical.

FlatFoot on October 17, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Was she a loser? If she was looking for a date she was. Otherwise, she just reinforced what they deny and we’ve known for decades.

Marcus on October 17, 2012 at 1:26 PM

May her career go in flames.

May she take Obama with her.

Schadenfreude on October 17, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Three debates so far this season with Democratic time advantages of 1+ to 4 minutes for the Democrat participant in each debate.

Yeah, I can do the math, and the statistical probablities.

parke on October 17, 2012 at 1:26 PM

If CNN was really serious about wanting to maintain what is ever left of its reputation as a news service, they would hand Crowley her walking papers before the end of the business day today. Her disgraceful performance as a moderator last night turned what could have been a legitimate and thought-provoking debate into a WWE-style handicap match where they pit two wrestlers against one at the same time. In this case, it was Obama-Crowley against Romney.

pilamaye on October 17, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Amazing. These fools actually believed it was safe for them to come all the way out into the light. A little light stings, but a lot can vaporize you.

HomeoftheBrave on October 17, 2012 at 1:27 PM

And yet Romney held his own. He was able to debate Obama, Crowley and the liberal Hofstra “undecideds”. Bravo.

bluealice on October 17, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Yes The She Male is the loser with her messiah

Conservative4ev on October 17, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Didn’t she just happen to have a copy of the Transcript in front of her?

I’m shocked at her behavior last night. Shocked, I tell you.

kingsjester on October 17, 2012 at 1:28 PM

…I think Mrs. John Candy can cut her hair and do a remake of Uncle Buck!
(I know that’s not nice…but neither was she!)

KOOLAID2 on October 17, 2012 at 1:28 PM

No, the American people are the big losers when the legacy media refuses to tell us the truth…
BTW, CNN has Candy on early this morning to walk back the walk back…Soledad was leading the charge…

d1carter on October 17, 2012 at 1:29 PM

Here is Crowley on 9/30 calling out Axelrod on the “Obama called it terrorism on 9/12 in the Rose Garden” lie:

Crowley to Axelrod: Obama Never Said Benghazi Attack Was ‘Act of Terror’

She knew she was lying when she intervened to defend Obama. Fortunately for her, the same company that employs Soledad O’Brien and her fellow Journolisters will cover for her.

novaculus on October 17, 2012 at 1:29 PM

When Romney wins he should tell the debate commission to piss off and there will be no moderated debates in 2016.

rndmusrnm on October 17, 2012 at 1:29 PM

“I knew we’d probably get a Libya question.”?

No.

You knew you would get a question. You knew exactly what it would be. And you knew when you’d call on the guy.

Typhoon on October 17, 2012 at 1:30 PM

She wanted her piece of cake.

Ben Hur on October 17, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Was Candy Crowley the loser of the debate?

Oh no! Watching professional Seppuku is always good entertainment.

But you know who lost because of Candy Crowley? Mitt Romney. I feel certain that he would have gotten the Honey Boo Boo endorsement had the truth about Obama’s Rose Garden statement been made clear.

Happy Nomad on October 17, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Both she and Martha Raddatz utterly disgraced themselves with their obvious bias, and neither seemed to grasp that THIS ISN’T ABOUT THEM.

The GOP needs to threaten to withhold funding from the Commission unless they pull this townhall format and dump these lib moderators. Enough is enough.

changer1701 on October 17, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Candy needs to follow the nutritional advice from Michelle Obama.

redguy on October 17, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Candy Crowley is a fat loser – period!

TarheelBen on October 17, 2012 at 1:30 PM

May she never be a moderator again.

22044 on October 17, 2012 at 1:26 PM

I think that’s a given. I don’t know what the hell these people are thinking by inserting themselves like this. This is gonna be all she’s ever remembered for when she retires from her profession.

Doughboy on October 17, 2012 at 1:31 PM

She wanted her piece of cake.

Ben Hur on October 17, 2012 at 1:30 PM

And every other piece as well.

Happy Nomad on October 17, 2012 at 1:31 PM

28 interruptions for Romney, 9 for Obama?

Shows how many times Romney lied !!1!!11!!!!

/BitemeandChokeme

VibrioCocci on October 17, 2012 at 1:31 PM

During the vice presidential debate, the gap wasn’t as wide: Biden spoke for 1 minute, 22 seconds more than Ryan. Still, that gave Biden 3 percent more speaking time than Ryan.

I pity the intern stuck with the job of timing that one. With all the interruptions, he/she probably has carpal tunnel in his stopwatch-clicker thumb.

Glenn Jericho on October 17, 2012 at 1:32 PM

NEW WISCONSIN MARQUETTE POLL:

Obama: 49%
Romney: 48%

Senate:

Thompson: 46%
Baldwin: 45%

sentinelrules on October 17, 2012 at 1:33 PM

0bama only picks losers.

Brat on October 17, 2012 at 1:33 PM

Classic lefty behavior. Joe Biden showed it most definitely during the VP debate, and was cheered by other lefties. But they all have a reflexive hostility to allowing the other side to even speak.

Lily on October 17, 2012 at 1:33 PM

She, and we, would have been much better served if she had been the potted plant that she was originally supposed to be.

besser tot als rot on October 17, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Obama’s teleprompter obviously needs to go on a diet.

viking01 on October 17, 2012 at 1:34 PM

No. Competent, intelligent and sentient women were losers. Thanks for licking the glass ceiling, Candy.

kim roy on October 17, 2012 at 1:35 PM

It seems that no matter how well the DNC games the debates, they most often fail to benefit. Maybe that’s why the GOP doesn’t make such a big deal over the biases and actions of moderators and rules bending! The intrnet has changed the game!

tomshup on October 17, 2012 at 1:36 PM

So will Romney even get to say anything in the next ” debate” with that senile marxist propagandist ?

burrata on October 17, 2012 at 1:36 PM

Crowley’s performance reminds me of the old Mark Twain quote, “It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt.”

Should have gone for the wallflower approach Candy.

Queasy on October 17, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Maybe the debates should put each of the candidates in a separate room, where the microphones and lights turn off when it is not their turn and their time is up. And the questions selected are selected randomly by a computer algorithm based on 50 questions submitted each from the Republican campaign, the Democrat campaign, and the press.

besser tot als rot on October 17, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Crowley is the loser, and she set up Obama on Libya for a flaming crash on Monday.

She did what Romney couldn’t seem to do: Get the story of Libya into the MSM.

Thanks, Candy.

petefrt on October 17, 2012 at 1:38 PM

I doubt Mr. Schieffer will hold a grudge when it comes to their favorite light bringer.

Cindy Munford on October 17, 2012 at 1:39 PM

I never understand why Republicans keep agreeing to these debates with obviously overtly hostile-to-Conservatives moderators. Do Republicans have zero leverage in these matters? Couldn’t they at the very least demand an equal number of debates with moderators that are open about favoring the Conservative side?

WhatSlushfund on October 17, 2012 at 1:39 PM

BTW, what kind of clueless hacks make up this
” debate commission” ?

burrata on October 17, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Croweley certainly met my expectations. Never once did think she would be impartial.

She made a fool out of herself saving her boy Barry every time he stuttered and fell on his face. She treated Mitt badly, and she was rude.

So much for all the pundits especially those on the Right claiming that she would be “fair”. Pfffttt…….

Cody1991 on October 17, 2012 at 1:40 PM

If she was so keen to be fair, she might have asked Obama on what planet skyrocketing gas prices is a sign of relative economic vitality. Romney could have won the election saying something like “Too bad Jimmy Carter didn’t think of that one in 1979! LOL”…

bobcalco on October 17, 2012 at 1:40 PM

“They bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun.”

Ms. Crowley was the boy king’s gun.

Flora Duh on October 17, 2012 at 1:40 PM

Why is no one talking about some of the outrageous questions she chose?

That question from the house plant to Romney about Bush was stupid and didn’t belong in the debate.

JPeterman on October 17, 2012 at 1:40 PM

If it weren’t for lies Democrats would be mute.

ActinUpinTexas on October 17, 2012 at 1:40 PM

Crowley actually lost the debate for Obama.

Debates don’t end when the show is over, y’know. Each debate has a wake and in this case, her abject failure is tainted Obama’s draw and sucking out what little life it had AND TURNED IT INTO ANOTHER WIN FOR ROMNEY.

The more the story of Zero’s lie is spotlighted, that becomes the notable event of the show. Romney was right. That’s the takeaway.

For the formerly undecideds, Zero has no plan AND Romney was right about Benghazi.

dogsoldier on October 17, 2012 at 1:41 PM

This is all the RNC’s fault, and Reince’ P’s doing. WHY do these RNC heads continue to play Charlie Brown and Lucy football every time with CNN/CBS etc? Do they really expect it to be different each time?

I guess we’ll never see Fox News moderate one of these, that would be biased!

leftnomore on October 17, 2012 at 1:41 PM

She is too fat to last 90 minutes of professional behavior.

crash72 on October 17, 2012 at 1:41 PM

There are no such things as coincidences in politics. What Crowley did last night with the Benghazi question would have been prearranged between her and the Obama campaign. They needed cover for their pitiful performance and clear lies since the attacks. Crowley intervening to prop up a lie that Obama had called it terrorism gives them that. Doesn’t matter that she sorta walked it back, the deed was done and they will use her intervention again and again to confuse the issue and support their false narrative. You only have to have listened to conservative talk shows today, ot read conservative web sites, which have been flooded with coordinated Obamabots screeching about Romney being rebuked for “lying” on the issue. This was all planned and Crowley played her part to the hilt.
I just with the GOP would take the gloves off and really go after the media. Stop playing nice and accepting stuff like this. Tell them where to stick their moderators and debate formats.

Blindsummit on October 17, 2012 at 1:41 PM

pilamaye on October 17, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Absolutely. But Candy Cowley will not be fired, because she did what her masters ordered her to do. She’ll probably get a raise.

The Benghazi interjection was disgusting, but allowing Obama to ignore the last question and attack Romney, then ending the debate before Romney had a chance to respond might just take the cake.

Calling Romney “Romley”?

Mr. Romney, rather than Gov. Romney?

Sit down, Gov. Romney?

You signed legislation in Massachusettes banning assault weapons, I guess you’ve changed your mind now, o.k. we get that?

If your numbers in fact do not add up, are you will to revisit your plan?

Firing is too good for Candy Cowley.

Mr. Arkadin on October 17, 2012 at 1:42 PM

The entire infrastructure of all of our national elections is biased toward Dems. The news media highlights “binders of women” which would never raise an eyebrow if Obama had said it. The questions at the debate, as Jonah Goldberg has pointed out, almost always have a liberal underpinning. The debate moderators are always biased for the Dem, as reflected in cut-offs, time allowed etc. (it’s rarely commented that Jim Lehrer cut off Romney far more than Obama).

Having said all that, I don’t think Ed’s complaint about the media emphasizing style over substance is warranted. Everything is part of a debate, and “well, I just didn’t like the way the guy looked” is as valid as a debate takeaway as a dissection of the candidate’s spending policy.

Moreover, I for one didn’t think Obama’s “content” was bad in the first debate. The Romney blowout had all to do with “style.”

bobs1196 on October 17, 2012 at 1:43 PM

I think it’s safe to say that Crowley will never moderate another debate again, unless it’s a Democratic primary debate. What Republican would be willing to participate in a debate with a moderator who engages in “fact checking” during the debate and gets her facts wrong in doing so?

J.S.K. on October 17, 2012 at 1:43 PM

Rush just made an excellent, relevant point: Why did Candy Crowley have that transcript right in front of her, and why was Barry so damn confident telling her to “Check the transcript, check the transcript”.

Hmmmmmm, the more you think about it, the more of a set up it seems.

BettyRuth on October 17, 2012 at 1:43 PM

Crowley to McCain on September 20th:

Friday [Sept 28th], we got the administration’s sort of definitive statement that this now looks as though it was a pre-planned attack by a terrorist group, some of whom were at least sympathetic to Al-Qaeda. Why do you think, and are you bothered, that it has taken them so long to get to this conclusion?

She should be fired.

INC on October 17, 2012 at 1:43 PM

Candy is dandy.

But liquor is quicker.

Shy Guy on October 17, 2012 at 1:43 PM

I hated the format, and it was SO OBVIOUS there were Democrat plants asking the questions. Crowley chose the questions.

John the Libertarian on October 17, 2012 at 1:44 PM

We have a new radio show in Philly hosted by Larry Mendte, who was previously the local CBS News anchor and moderator of many statewide and local debates. He totally trashed Crowley this morning, not only for the Benghazi disaster but also for all of her interruptions and allowing applause on the Benghazi thing too. He said what a moderator should do if he/she feels that rules are being trampled is to wait for one candidate to finish an answer and then calmly say, “I would like to remind both of you that according to the rules which both of you agree to, you must answer the question asked and not ask questions directly to each other, etc.”

He also thought Romney won the debate on substance, though he predicted the media would focus on the “Obama comeback” and try to proclaim him the winner. He said Obama was the winner only in the sense of a high school debate decided on points scored; but in his experience, a winner of a political debate is the candidate who wins on the issues that matter to voters. He played in full the Romney litany of Obama’s broken promises and said he thought Romney won the election with that recitation. A failed President can win a debate on style points, but he’s still a failed President.

rockmom on October 17, 2012 at 1:44 PM

Bob will be Martha 3.0 i suspect

No more female moderators….. and im a female…… they were more vicious but no one can criticize them unless you are called vile and a woman hater

cmsinaz on October 17, 2012 at 1:44 PM

She’s loving all this coverage.

Ben Hur on October 17, 2012 at 1:44 PM

It’s not over until the fat lady moderates.
Her career, that is.

22044 on October 17, 2012 at 1:44 PM

Crowley’s performance reminds me of the old Mark Twain quote, “It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt.”

Should have gone for the wallflower approach Candy.

Queasy on October 17, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Memo to Candy Crowley:

Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt.

viking01 on October 17, 2012 at 12:14 AM

Beat ya to it!

viking01 on October 17, 2012 at 1:44 PM

Hmmmmmm, the more you think about it, the more of a set up it seems.

BettyRuth on October 17, 2012 at 1:43 PM

Someone in the headlines pointed out that Michelle Obama led tha applause. This reeks of coordination and collusion.

From Hillary on down, this looks as if they knew Libya would come up, and this was their careful plan to try to get BHO off the hook.

INC on October 17, 2012 at 1:45 PM

If anyone still doesn’t think the left-wing media is in the tank for Obama, they are brain dead.

Sterling Holobyte on October 17, 2012 at 1:46 PM

At least her hair looked fabulous.

SouthernGent on October 17, 2012 at 1:46 PM

Fat Man

OK, so it doesn’t really fit, but it’s a good tune anyway

22044 on October 17, 2012 at 1:46 PM

I actually expected better from Crowley, if only because CNN has been on the recieving end of some intended intimidation from the WH with respect to Libya reporting. But she definitely donned the old clown nose (which is a dangerous experiment for one of her proportions). The worst in my opinion was Crowley’s choice, for last question — one that she knew Romney would have no chance to rebut — of a question that was absolutely guaranteed to allow Obama the benefit of a grand speech on the “47%.” What a swine.

IndyinVirginny on October 17, 2012 at 1:46 PM

A moderator’s job, I say, is to give equal time to both candidates and simply let the people who pay attention to make their own decisions.

Crowley didn’t from what I understand.

I won’t say she ‘lost’ because she’s a cog in the MSM machine. But I venture to say she failed at the appointed task most people would define as a moderator.

Liam on October 17, 2012 at 1:46 PM

“No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for,” said Obama in the Rose Garden on September 12, after two paragraphs of recounting how Americans responded to the attacks of September 11, 2001. The Obama campaign, knowing that they had advanced a false narrative for weeks and were being called on it, found the word “terror” in his initial response and relied on that speech to show that the president had known the Libya attack was terror all along.

It also comes 6 paragraphs AFTER he, specifically, called Benghazi “an act of senseless violence” (like a Chicago drive-by shooting) and blamed it on the video in his Rose Garden statement.

Here’s the full transcript:

http://www.forextv.com/forex-news-story/full-transcript-of-obama-s-rose-garden-speech-after-sept-11-benghazi-attack

Resist We Much on October 17, 2012 at 1:46 PM

At least her hair looked fabulous.

SouthernGent on October 17, 2012 at 1:46 PM

Ha. I know you’re being sarcastic, but what makeup artist thought it would be a good thing to give her the hairstyle of a woman 20 years younger?

INC on October 17, 2012 at 1:47 PM

I doubt Mr. Schieffer will hold a grudge when it comes to their favorite light bringer.

Cindy Munford on October 17, 2012 at 1:39 PM

True. The question is what can “Jurassic Bob” do to save Obama’s bacon short of outright blaming Romney for Benghazi.

“Isn’t true that Bain Capital provided the financing for that video that caused Susan Rice to blame a spontaneous outburst for the killing of Chris Stevens? Aren’t you, Governor Romney, the cause of the Ambassador’s death along with that steelworker’s wife getting cancer?”

Bitter Clinger on October 17, 2012 at 1:47 PM

O/T Does anyone know how to contact Instapundit? They have a link by Sarah Hoyt with audio from Col. Hunt on Benghazi and there is an error on the link.

Cindy Munford on October 17, 2012 at 1:47 PM

She punked herself. That’s kind of hard to do.

a capella on October 17, 2012 at 1:47 PM

Big deal! Liberals lie and cheat but that’s really okay because the end really does justify the means. Why is everybody shocked? Just another day at the office for these scum. Should she hand in her resignation? Should she be fired? Are you joking? She just earned herself a big raise! She will be honored and patted on the back for screwing the opposition. She’s a hero not a goat…in her world.

johnnybgood on October 17, 2012 at 1:47 PM

It also comes 6 paragraphs AFTER he, specifically, called Benghazi “an act of senseless violence”

Correction:

He said “this type of senseless violence.”

Resist We Much on October 17, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Rush just made an excellent, relevant point: Why did Candy Crowley have that transcript right in front of her, and why was Barry so damn confident telling her to “Check the transcript, check the transcript”.

Hmmmmmm, the more you think about it, the more of a set up it seems.

BettyRuth on October 17, 2012 at 1:43 PM

I heard that, too.

When BO told Croweley to “check the transcript” last night it seemed odd to me, and as I watched that part of the debate again it certainly seemed contrived.

Cody1991 on October 17, 2012 at 1:48 PM

On substance, Mitt Romney brought his agenda, while Obama left his at home and instead talked about Romney’s wealth and Romney’s business record, as well as Romney’s tax plan.

Midway through last night’s debate, Obama’s strategy for the evening was clearly (and boringly) obvious.

The first 60 seconds of a response to a question was spent on some anecdote which may or may not have been related to the original question, but was never actual information of what Obama did, e.g., ” Two weeks ago I met a woman who …”.

The next 30 seconds was about what he did over the last four years, e.g. “We passed the Lily Ledbetter act”, weak tea as it didn’t directly do anything, to not answering the question at all such as the non-answers regarding gas prices and who was responsible for denying increased security requests at Benghazi?

The final time was spent on ripping Romney any which way he could.

So, out of every 2+ minutes on his primary responses, only 30 seconds or so was a direct answer, mostly related to the past four years, and no information regarding the next four years.

I’m thinking that out of 40+ minutes of speaking time, Obama wasted about 30 minutes of my time.

parke on October 17, 2012 at 1:48 PM

…I think Mrs. John Candy can cut her hair and do a remake of Uncle Buck!
(I know that’s not nice…but neither was she!)

KOOLAID2 on October 17, 2012 at 1:28 PM

I saw the picture and was going to comment on that very thing! separated at birth! Great Outdoors was a good movie too.

teejk on October 17, 2012 at 1:48 PM

“Check the transcript, check the transcript”.

Hmmmmmm, the more you think about it, the more of a set up it seems.

BettyRuth on October 17, 2012 at 1:43 PM

King Obama looked like a real idiot when he yelled that out.

What a child.

JPeterman on October 17, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Bitter Clinger on October 17, 2012 at 1:47 PM

That covers just about everything, the only change I would make is to add, “Why do you hate women?”.

Cindy Munford on October 17, 2012 at 1:49 PM

It’s not just Crowley that’s in trouble, it’s CNN as a whole. In the past week Soledad O’Brian has had words with Rudy Giuliani, Jason Chaffetz, and John Sununu. Crowley has been criticized by Chaffetz, Sununu, and her own Anderson Cooper. I’d say that’s not good for ratings. Even MSDNC maintains their cool better than that. Crowley should never be allowed to moderate a debate again and O’Brian should be fired.

Boats48 on October 17, 2012 at 1:49 PM

King Obama looked like a real idiot when he yelled that out.

What a child.

JPeterman on October 17, 2012 at 1:48 PM

How did he know she had the transcript?

Cody1991 on October 17, 2012 at 1:50 PM

I’m actually enjoying this election cycle because:

A. Romney is going to win.

B. The MSM reaches new lows in credibility. After this one, no one will trust them ever again.

C. Paul Ryan in work-out clothes!!

grahsco on October 17, 2012 at 1:51 PM

SouthernGent on October 17, 2012 at 1:46 PM

Was her hair that long on her weekend show?

Cindy Munford on October 17, 2012 at 1:51 PM

It’s not just Crowley that’s in trouble, it’s CNN as a whole. In the past week Soledad O’Brian has had words with Rudy Giuliani, Jason Chaffetz, and John Sununu. Crowley has been criticized by Chaffetz, Sununu, and her own Anderson Cooper. I’d say that’s not good for ratings. Even MSDNC maintains their cool better than that. Crowley should never be allowed to moderate a debate again and O’Brian should be fired.

Boats48 on October 17, 2012 at 1:49 PM

That is why Candy was out early this morning walking back the walk back she did tonight. Soledad was quick to say that she did not walk back last night…

d1carter on October 17, 2012 at 1:51 PM

thanks Candy! your obvious liberal partisanship just pushed the last undecideds into Romney’s camp. sometimes its helps to have such a bias media!

burserker on October 17, 2012 at 1:51 PM

It’s all good. Replace Bob Schieffer with Brit Hume for the last debate and it all evens out.

Wait, that won’t happen.

Red Cloud on October 17, 2012 at 1:52 PM

As soon as it was decided that she would moderate, the GOP knew she would be biased. So, why do they always agree to these leftist moderators? Show some guts for once.

Blake on October 17, 2012 at 1:52 PM

That covers just about everything, the only change I would make is to add, “Why do you hate women?”.

Cindy Munford on October 17, 2012 at 1:49 PM

He obviously hated the steelworker’s wife.

Bitter Clinger on October 17, 2012 at 1:52 PM

This is the problem with stoners like Obama. They think they’re getting away with something. They think they can fool everyone that they’re not stoned. It’s a lie that comes from narcissism, and it’s only going to carry him to the next debate, which is on foreign policy.

John the Libertarian on October 17, 2012 at 1:52 PM

“After the debate, the president came over to me and spent about two minutes with me privately,” says the 61-year-old Ladka, who works at Global Telecom Supply in Mineola, N.Y. According to Ladka, Obama gave him ”more information about why he delayed calling the attack a terorist attack.” For background, Obama did apparently lump Benghazi into a reference to “acts of terror” in a Sept. 12 Rose Garden address. However, he spent about two weeks holding off on using the full “terrorist” designation. The rationale for the delay, Obama explained to Ladka, was to make sure that the “intelligence he was acting on was real intelligence and not disinformation,” recalls Ladka.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/erik-wemple/post/presidential-debate-libya-questioner-says-obama-didnt-answer/2012/10/17/7109898e-1867-11e2-a55c-39408fbe6a4b_blog.html

Resist We Much on October 17, 2012 at 1:52 PM

Gallup today Romney +6 over Obama

Romney 51
Obama 45

tkyang99 on October 17, 2012 at 1:53 PM

BTW, what kind of clueless hacks make up this
” debate commission” ?

burrata on October 17, 2012 at 1:39 PM

The debates used to be run by the “non-partisan” *cough* League of Women Voters, so the debate commission is sort of an upgrade. It’s run by the Dems and Repubs who both have equal power, although whoever negotiates for the Dems is obviously a little better at it.

strictnein on October 17, 2012 at 1:53 PM

“Check the transcript, check the transcript”.

Hmmmmmm, the more you think about it, the more of a set up it seems.

BettyRuth on October 17, 2012 at 1:43 PM

King Obama looked like a real idiot when he yelled that out.

What a child.

JPeterman on October 17, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Even worse for Candy is her claim she has “the transcript” right on Zero’s cue and Candy still FUBARed the talking point.

viking01 on October 17, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Bitter Clinger on October 17, 2012 at 1:52 PM

And Susan Rice.

Cindy Munford on October 17, 2012 at 1:54 PM

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