October 17, 2012
JOURNALISM: Bizarre Coincidence: Democrats Get More Time in All Three Debates. It’s almost like the journalist-moderators play favorites here.
Related: “I can’t imagine how Crowley let this happen.” She didn’t let it happen, she made it happen.
Also: Mediaite: Candy Crowley’s Debate Moderation Exemplifies Why Americans Do Not Trust Their Media. “My singular take away moment of last night’s debate was one that elevated Crowley from moderator to debate participant. Crowley shot from the hip and echoed a talking point from the Obama campaign regarding their handling of the Libya attack to criticize Mitt Romney mid-debate. What’s more? She was wrong.”
Her goal was to blunt Mitt Romney’s successful criticism, and that’s what she did. She was acting as a Democratic Party operative with a byline, not as some sort of impartial “professional journalist,” which was no surprise.
UPDATE: Reader Dick Halferty writes: “I find it interesting that the 3 minute plus time allotted to POTUS Obama is approximately the time it took President Abraham Lincoln to make the Gettysburg address. Barry did not use his extra time that well.”