CNN debate moderator becomes to the media what the Tet Offensive was to Vietnam: Did she elect Mitt Romney?
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A tipping point emblematic of four years of a mainstream media doing everything in its power to avoid honest coverage of a president. To give him not just cover but unadulterated idolatry.
Before Ms. Crowley even sat down in her moderator’s chair the New York Times was embroiled in a set-to with its own Public Editor over the fact that it had exiled the stunning news about Libya and the conduct of the administration from the Times front page.
The Media Research Center, as always on point, was quick to showcase Crowley’s conduct. Wrote Rich Noyes
The liberal tilt of questions selected by CNN’s Candy Crowley was so obvious, even the gang on NBC’s Today — hardly a conservative bastion — thought it remarkable. Correspondent Chuck Todd opined Wednesday morning: “The President also benefitted from many questions posed by the so-called undecided voters, covering issues near and dear to his liberal base.…”
When it came to Crowley’s Libya intervention Noyes wrote:
Among many others, the Washington Post’s fact checker, Glenn Kessler, pointed out the obvious: “He [Obama] did not say ‘terrorism’ — and it took the administration days to concede that it [was] an ‘act of terrorism’ that appears unrelated to initial reports of anger at a video that defamed the prophet Muhammad.”
Indeed, back on September 30, Crowley on her CNN Sunday program State of the Union, hit Obama advisor David Axelrod on exactly this point: “Why did it take them [the White House] until Friday [September 28], after a September 11 attack in Libya, to come to the conclusion that it was premeditated and that there was terrorists involved?”
In other words, Crowley knew the Obama administration initially tried to deny the Libya attack was terrorism, but suggested otherwise when it truly mattered, on a debate stage with tens of millions watching.
Add it all up, and Crowley’s posture on Tuesday night was that of a pro-Obama participant, not the impartial moderator that voters expect.
MRC President Brent Bozell was crystal clear about Crowley’s performance — something he had warned about when the debate commission announced its all-liberal cast of debate moderators.
Crowley was an utter disaster last night, and was, by far, the worst moderator of the 2012 election.
The Libya cover-up continues, and the national news media need to start asking some tough questions — including questions about one of their own. If Obama was correct that on Day 1 he said it was a terrorist attack, why did his UN ambassador say on five different national interviews that it was a YouTube video that was responsible, and who put her up to it? If he saw this as a terrorist attack from the very beginning, why did the president himself blame it on a video six times during a UN speech? Why has he made the statement so many times, as has Hillary Clinton, as has Jay Carney, as have others?
And why did Candy Crowley validate this lie?
Can you say Slobbering Love Affair?
Libya aside (other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?), Crowley is being targeted for the liberal bent to the questions she and her staff selected. Particularly noticeable was the selection of a woman who wanted to know from Romney the difference between Romney and George W. Bush. There was no moment where Crowley jumped in to ask of Obama the differences between himself and Jimmy Carter.
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