The town-hall debate is the one presidential faceoff in which the audience gets to ask the questions. But don’t tell that to moderator Candy Crowley. Like any journalist worthy of the assignment, Crowley concedes that the debate on Tuesday night isn’t about her, but she just as eagerly acknowledges her role in it. “I understand that I’m there. I’m not a fly on the wall,” she told Politico recently. “We don’t want the candidates to spout talking points. That doesn’t help voters … I’m going to react organically to what’s happening.” In a move that has unnerved both campaigns,
Let this be a lesson to Republicans all over the fruited plain. We will no longer accept extreme liberals to be in control of debates. Paul Ryan was prevented from making excellent points in the debate, thanks to Biden and the moderator. We must demand that Mark Levin and other conservatives are part of the process next time.
Her statement about not allowing the candidates to spout their campaign talking points is a red herring.
She sees herself as the one who gets to determine what is a talking point and the one who gets to stifle that point and steer the conversation to a direction she thinks it should go.
In other words, she thinks she is a part of the debate rather than a sideline official that monitors the clock.
We all know how these ego-maniacal lib reporters think. She will obviously interrupt Mitt and claim she is doing so because he is spewing talking points--then she will try to throw him a curveball question full of spin and innuendo. For Obama, she will interrupt once or twice, but it will be because he is floundering and she will try to throw him a lifeline.
CROWLEY: We’ve already had this debate. All they have to do at Obama Reelect is open up the files because this debate has already happened. They just bring it back, it goes, it is, you know, what they talk about. But I think the other thing that’s worth pointing out is not every Republican has signed on to this kind of, I mean, they will publicly. But there is some trepidation…
GLORIA BORGER, CNN: They're afraid. CROWLEY: ...that this might be, looks a little bit like some sort of ticket death wish.
CROWLEY: This is the same woman who eulogized Kennedy by dismissing Mary Jo Kopechne like this: It's an imperfect story of an often reckless young man who lived hard and as a U.S. senator drove a car off a bridge after a party, killing a young campaign aide. Imperfect story? And he didn’t just kill her by driving off a bridge; Kennedy left her to suffocate to death. In the Senate was redemption. In the Senate, the dream came alive.
CROWLEY: Try this: in June of this year, defending Obama’s national security leaks, Crowley actually said,
“Usually you kind of give the President a pass on leaking confidential stuff.”
Ms. Crowley's aspirations are high enough for her to file and run as a candidate herself. That is really what she ought to do instead of exploiting her role as moderator to join in the debate and express her own opinions. But it may work to the public good to have her be the Joker in the deck. It is bound to keep the real candidates on their toes.
All of this conflict and confusion about moderators could easily be avoided in the future by eliminating the role of moderator, which is an unnecessary and intrusive encumbrance in the first place. There is no need whatever to have a third party, and a journalist of all people, sticking their nose into a presidential debate. Moderators merely get in the way and obstruct the view. They deprive Americans of the opportunity to see how the candidates would handle themselves in a free exchange of ideas and insults.
Again, here we are trying to make the best of an unfair debate process and obviously biased and compromised moderator. The point isn't that Romney will probably do great. Of course he will. Question remains as to why the GOP has given all decision-making about Presidential debates to the Democrats on a silver platter. The other side merely takes advantage of our cowardice - again.
If Candy "Sam Kinison" Crowley acts up Mitt can always ask her what she meant when she uttered on air "Romney/Ryan...that's a death wish" moments after Romney officially announced his GOP running mate.
Are professional journalists required to subjectively question and condemn candidates like she did...?
The point is that Ms Crowley favors one side and is not an independent minded journalist. WHY can't the GOP insist on a neutral moderator. i think that they agreed to ANY moderator so that the debates would take place. Otherwise, Obama may have just declined to debate. He figured he had it in the bag with moderators that leaned his way.
Why do so many criticize only the GOP as if Romney has absolutely no control? The fact that Romney is agreeing to participate in the MSM controlled debate process means he believes he is up to the task.
When I saw the list of moderators I shuddered. Who agreed to this? This is not going to turn out well. After the debate is done and the words are exchanged it is done. Nothing afterward can fix it. I saw the look on Ryan's face after the debate was over and he looked sick.
The former South African president died Thursday at age 95. Remember him through his uplifting and revolutionary words. 1. "A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination." 2. "Never, never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another. " 3. "There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living." (Snip) 12. "It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person
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RUSH: Let me give you what is, I think, one of the most amazing things I ever heard Nelson Mandela say. We had fun with Mandela when he was in New York, when he came to New York and went to Yankees Stadium. But I´ll tell you, there are very few people that could have undergone what he went through and maintained any sense of dignity or optimism.(Snip) "Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies." Is that not great? And it´s great because it´s exactly right. Resentment doesn´t do anybody any good.
The U.S. federal health insurance website HealthCare.gov, which has had technology problems since its October 1 launch, is now experiencing errors in transmitting applications about 10 percent of the time, a government spokeswoman said on Friday. The online insurance marketplace relays information about new customers in ´834´ transaction forms to the private insurance companies that provide the health plans. HealthCare.gov serves people in 36 states, while 14 states are running their own websites. "We believe nine of 10 transactions are being successfully transmitted," the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, spokeswoman Julie Bataille said at a news briefing.
Washington — Thad Cochran, a Mississippi Republican who was first elected to the Senate in 1978, set up a generational and ideological clash in the state’s Republican primary when he announced Friday that he would seek a seventh term in 2014. While Mr. Cochran, who turns 76 on Saturday, has the support of many leading Republicans in the state, he is already facing opposition from Chris McDaniel, 41, a state senator aligned with the Tea Party who announced his candidacy in October and has won the support of some conservative groups. Mr. Cochran, who has raised less than $1 million
Rep. James Sensenbrenner Jr., the original author of the Patriot Act, says Director of National Intelligence James Clapper should be prosecuted for lying to Congress. "Lying to Congress is a federal offense, and Clapper ought to be fired and prosecuted for it," the Wisconsin Republican said in an interview with The Hill. He said the Justice Department should prosecute Clapper for giving false testimony during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing in March. During that hearing, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) asked Clapper whether the National Security Agency (NSA) collects data on millions of Americans. Clapper insisted that the NSA does not
Washington - President Barack Obama on Thursday defended his nuclear diplomacy with Iran before an audience of Israeli diplomats and senior members of the US Jewish community and officials. At a White House Hanukkah reception, Obama said that it was important for the United States to test Iran´s intentions, and pledged to keep working for a comprehensive deal to deprive Tehran of a nuclear weapon. "For the first time in a decade we have halted progress of Iran´s nuclear program," Obama said. "Key parts of the program will be rolled back even though the toughest of our sanctions remain in
Is this man simply expressing his beliefs or spewing bigotry?Either way, Phil Robertson, the patriarch in A&E´s "Duck Dynasty," won´t be duck calling on air anytime soon. The network suspended him after slamming gays in a magazine interview. In the January issue of GQ, Robertson said homosexuality is a sin and puts it in the same category as bestiality and promiscuity. "It seems like, to me, a vagina -- as a man -- would be more desirable than a man´s anus. That´s just me. I´m just thinking: There´s more there! She´s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know
A&E broke its silence on Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson’s anti-gay comments late Wednesday. The cable network announced Robertson is off the hit show for the time being. The network issued the following statement to EW: “We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson’s comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series Duck Dynasty. His personal views in no way reflect those of A+E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community. The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely.”
President Barack Obama sent Russia a clear message about its treatment of gays and lesbians with who he is — and isn’t — sending to represent the United States at the Sochi Olympics. Billie Jean King will be one of two openly gay athletes in the U.S. delegation for the opening and closing ceremonies, Obama announced Tuesday. For the first time since 2000, however, the U.S. will not send a president, former president, first lady or vice president to the Games. Russia has come under fierce criticism for passing national laws banning “gay propaganda.” Though the White House did not specifically address
The gay and lesbian rights group GLAAD is slamming ´Duck Dynasty´ patriarch Phil Robertson for comments he made about homosexuality to GQ magazine, and challenging the show´s network, A&E, to take action against its most popular star. In a wide-ranging interview, Robertson shared his thoughts on homosexuality and religion. After stating in very graphic terms his preference for heterosexual sex over homosexual sex, Robertson launched into more thoughts about homosexuality and sinning. “Everything is blurred on what’s right and what’s wrong... Sin becomes fine,” he said.
Yes, she really said it. On CNN’s Piers Morgan Live Tuesday, in a brief discussion about President Obama, Barbara Walters actually said, “We thought that he was going to be - I shouldn´t say this at Christmastime, but - the next messiah” (video follows with transcript and commentary): PIERS MORGAN, HOST: You have interviewed every president of my lifetime. Why is Obama facing so much opposition now? Why is he struggling so much to really fulfill the great flame of ambition and excitement that he was elected on originally in 2009?
Everyone is doing thoughtful year-end pieces on President Obama. Writers and reporters agree he’s had his worst year ever. I infer from most of their essays an unstated but broadly held sense of foreboding: There’s no particular reason to believe next year will be better, and in fact signs and indications point to continued trouble. I would add that in recent weeks I have begun to worry about the basic competency of the administration, its ability to perform the most fundamental duties of executive management. One reason I worry is that I frequently speak with people who interact with the White
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