Debate moderator Candy Crowley’s performance last night was absolutely disgraceful. From the outset, Crowley’s choice of questions and her attempts at orchestrating who was allowed to speak and when indicated that she was totally in the tank for Obama and the debate was an attempt to resuscitate him.
Leading up to the debate, Crowley crowed that she would not just be a “fly on the wall,” and true to her word, the CNN blow fly buzzed ’round Mitt Romney’s head throughout the evening, cutting him off every time he tried to correct an Obama lie. But Crowley waited for the exchange on the Benghazi attack in Libya to bite him on the ass:
Mr. Romney: You said in the Rose Garden the day after the attack, it was an act of terror? It was not a spontaneous demonstration, is that what you’re saying.
Mr. Obama: Please proceed, governor.
Mr. Romney: I want to make sure.
Mr. Obama: Get the transcript.
Ms. Crowley: It — it — it — he [Mr. Obama] did in fact, sir [Mr. Romney]. … He [Mr. Obama] did call it an act of terror.
The truth is, Obama didn’t call it an act of terror the day after the attack. What he said was “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.”
In other words, Obama was making a generic statement that he would later tie to mob protests over an anti-Islam YouTube video. Four days later United States Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice would appear on all five of the networks’ Sunday news shows claiming that the assault on the U.S. mission in Benghazi was not an act of terror. It took two weeks before the White House came out and labeled the Benghazi attack an act of terror.
During the Vice-Presidential debate, ABC’s Martha Raddatz, no slouch at shilling for the Democrat Party, interrupted Paul Ryan 15 times and Joe Biden five times.
In comparison, CNN’s Candy Crowley made Raddatz look like a rank amateur. She interrupted Mitt Romney 28 times and Obama nine times, and four of those were when Obama refused to respect the time limit when discussing assault weapons.
In her desperation to resuscitate Obama and keep Romney from scoring points, it came as no real surprise when she interrupted and falsely claimed that Romney was incorrect in saying that Obama refused to call the Benghazi attack an act of terror.
For more on the story, see “Crowley skews hard for Obama in disastrous debate,” “Crowley’s False Fact Check Saves President, Derails Debate – UPDATE: Crowley Backtracks,.” and “Crowley Interrupts Romney 28 Times, Obama Just 9.”