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How did Crowley do as moderator?

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    I think she did fairly well. Romney walked all over her early but she seemed to recover. I think she did over step a little when she fact checked the Rose Garden Speech, but Romney seemed to be looking at her for confirmation and it may have just been a gut response. She had to interrupt Romney quite often because he kept going WAY off topic, like off-shore accounts when the topic was immigration reform and many, many more. Maybe not as good as Raddatz but way better than Lehrer.

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    I think she did the same to Romney that the woman did in Ryan-Biden debate, cut Romney off and let Obama run on.
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    http://www.democratichub.com/posts/7502/raddatz-delivered-as-moderator.aspx

    While I do agree that Romney may have been interrupted slightly more tonight, Romney was the one going over time and straying WAY off topic. Romney was failing to stay within the parameters of the debate more that Obama was.
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    Agree with your assessment.
    Have been seeing a lot on the different news indicating that she stepped to help President Obama so right in there she lost credibility and was shown as bias. I did not like the fact that she did not allowed the candidates to bring their stronger point at the end of their segment. Please read the following link.

    http://newsbusters.org/blogs/matthew-sheffield/2012/10/16/candy-crowley-embarrasses-herself-falsely-corrects-romney-libya
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    Zach, Just an observation and I haven't seen the official count of how many minutes Romney spoke compared to President Obama, but every time I looked at the 2 minute clock at the back of the stage it looked like it was red when Obama spoke (i.e. over his 2 minutes). Whereas I saw Romney end his answers right around the 2 minute mark (the clock was still green) more often.
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    Alberto Wrote: Overall, I thought Candy Crowley did a good job, but she needs to correct/retract her statement that supported Obama's lie that he called the assassination of our ambassador to Libya a terrorist attack the day after (Sep 12th). The transcript clearly shows he did not and continued to lie to America for up to 2 weeks (i.e. the UN address on Sep 25th) afterwards. Then she needs to issue an apology to Romney for not allowing him to rebuff Obama’s lie.


    Terror is a crime. So calling it a horrible crime then finding out it was an act of terror timed to use the protest as cover doesn't mean you were wrong. Afterall, a murder is just a murder till more bodies get found then you have a serial killer. However if the first two victims are Snap and Crackle then you gots a cereal killer.
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    2013 Wrote: The reports have Obama with about 3 more minutes than Romney. And I’m sorry, but on the foreign policy stage semantics count and being reluctant to call terrorism, terrorism sends a clear message to those who want to harm our people and our country. It tells terrorists all they need to know about Obama and gives them exactly what they want to hear.


    What the terrorists want to hear is when the drones are coming. Your assertion is wrong in that even terrorists know that once Obama knows who is to blame then hiding won't help them.
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    I thought she was biast towards Obama. I didn't like the fact that she kept cutting off Romney when he tried to talk and finish the question. She cut off Romney like 5 times and Obama 2 times. She is probably a democrat. I liked the during the first debate the guy moderator.
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    WHOA! Crawley did the right thing, the true thing. President Obama said the day after the Baghazi attack that acts of terrorism will not go unpunished. It was a clear, and inclusive reference to the Benghazi affair. After all, we already know that Setp/11 was a terrorist attack, and now there was another.
    It is a lie, and a twisting of words--which Republicans are shameless experts at--to claim otherwise. Romeny was caught speaking somehing incorrect, because once again he as trying to score political points. Mr. Romney is not qualifid to talk about things he doesn't know" : and for the time that was spent in finding out about the situation, it is no surprise, given that spontaneous threatening demonstratons were going on all over the Middle east at the same time.
    And a government doesn't tip its hands or come out--speaking about investatins--what they are finding out until the picture is finished. Even then, some details won't come to light, because there is active work going on.
    There is no question that President Obama's acts of terror, right on the heels of Benghazi, included that incident, while also linking it to Sept 11. Any other interpretation is just a plain disregard of the facts.
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    the_ark Wrote: WHOA! Crawley did the right thing, the true thing. President Obama said the day after the Baghazi attack that acts of terrorism will not go unpunished. It was a clear, and inclusive reference to the Benghazi affair. After all, we already know that Setp/11 was a terrorist attack, and now there was another.
    It is a lie, and a twisting of words--which Republicans are shameless experts at--to claim otherwise. Romeny was caught speaking somehing incorrect, because once again he as trying to score political points. Mr. Romney is not qualifid to talk about things he doesn't know" : and for the time that was spent in finding out about the situation, it is no surprise, given that spontaneous threatening demonstratons were going on all over the Middle east at the same time.
    And a government doesn't tip its hands or come out--speaking about investatins--what they are finding out until the picture is finished. Even then, some details won't come to light, because there is active work going on.
    There is no question that President Obama's acts of terror, right on the heels of Benghazi, included that incident, while also linking it to Sept 11. Any other interpretation is just a plain disregard of the facts.


    Whether it was true or not is irrelevant. Crowley should not have fact checked either candidate. The moderator is only there to facilitate the discussion and keep the candidates on topic. Yes, Obama called the Libya attacks an 'act of terror' and anyone can plainly see that, Romney is clearly misinformed there. (I say misinformed because I honestly believe that Romney thought he was correct. Watch his body language and you can tell that he was sure that he had just caught Obama in a 'gotcha' moment) But it was up to Obama to correct Romney not Crowley.

    So like I said, while Crowley may be been correct in her answer, she wasn't correct in her actions. That was my only real beef.
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    As far as I am concerned Crowley was supposed to be a moderator and not give her opionions. She was there to facilitate and that was it. They said Obama won the debate but I certaintly did not see this in the program that I watched. Obama kept on saying the same things, about education, and how his administration got rid of Bin Laden, which is the same things that he says over and over. One of his biggest, mistakes is that he never answers the questions, that are asked of him, but goes off on another matter, as if he is dodging the question, because he does not have the answers. This is what I saw ,in this debate, and also in the first one. This debate was won by Romney and so was the first.
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    If thats what you thought then why was Obama the one that went over by 3 minutes. He got the most time. Not Romney.
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    What happened to the Walter Cronkites of the news industry? Crowley moved way beyond her role as moderator. The word moderator indicates she should have been fair and not be one of the debaters. She should be ashamed of herself and resign. CNN should apologize for her conduct. And if she does not resign CNN should fire her.
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    Joe H Wrote: What happened to the Walter Cronkites of the news industry? Crowley moved way beyond her role as moderator. The word moderator indicates she should have been fair and not be one of the debaters. She should be ashamed of herself and resign. CNN should apologize for her conduct. And if she does not resign CNN should fire her.


    That punishment makes zero sense. CNN wasn't involved in this debate. Crowley was picked to moderate because she is a non-bias independent journalist. She wasn't representing CNN in any form or fashion. She absolutely stepped over the line when she real-time fact checked Romney that was her big mistakes, but that does not reflect poorly on CNN.

    And while she did interrupt Romney a few times more than Obama, Romney failed to stay on topic all night. Crowley was trying to keep debaters on the topic at hand, which is her job. When you are asked a question about Immigration Reform and you are giving some sort of odd monologue on off shore bank accounts you are going to be interrupted. I think there was only a couple times that Romney was actually able to stay on topic for the entire time allotted. He came off a little scatterbrained. And yes, Crowley interrupted Obama when he went over his time.

    There was also that instance when Romney started to ask questions directly to Obama, as if Romney was going to run his own debate. Obama asked if Romney wanted to him respond and Romney said yes. That should account for a pretty bug chunk of the 3 minute discrepancy since, if I remember correctly, Romney asked Obama 2 or 3 different questions and gave him about 30-40 seconds to answer each. Giving 30 seconds of your time to the other guy amounts to a 60 second swing (+30 seconds for Obama AND -30 seconds for Romney)