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DEBATE: Moderator was hardly unbiased

Letter by Ricardo Birmele, Buckley on Oct. 17, 2012 at 10:35 am with No Comments »
October 17, 2012 10:35 am

It would have been great if Tuesday’s debate had been a truly town hall debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney. Instead, it turned out to be a debate between the governor on one side and the president and CNN moderator Candy Crowley on the other side.

The Commission on Presidential Debates had arranged with the two campaigns that during this debate all questions would come only from the undecided voters who were invited. During her opening remarks, that’s exactly what Crowley said would happen.

It’s bad enough that Crowley kept butting in to ask questions instead of being a moderator. It’s worse that she asked the president setup questions. But then to let the president go on for twice as long in his answer to that setup as Crowley allowed the governor to respond before cutting him off is simply unconscionable. (Her repeated refrain: “Gov. Romney, these people have been waiting for you.”)

Any claim that she or CNN makes that this debate was unbiased is ridiculous.

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