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Candy Crowley

CNN Ducking Controversy

10/17/2012 1:02 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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You'd think CNN would be thrilled with all the controversy over Candy Crowley's performance at last night's Presidential debate, but we've learned network honchos are NOT happy she's become part of the story.

Multiple sources connected with CNN tell TMZ ... the honchos think Candy did a good job, but they're freaking out over allegations that she was pro-Obama and harsh on Romney. As one source put it, "They want to make all of the publicity over Candy just go away, because it calls into question CNN's impartiality."



Another well-connected CNN source scoffs at the reaction, telling us, "It's typical. This type of publicity is great. More people know who Candy Crowley is than ever before, and CNN is blowing the chance of exploiting it."

A CNN source says putting Candy on the network last night immediately following the debate was not because CNN was bragging about her performance ... it was "damage control." 

The source added, "What CNN cares about is the brand.  It's all about the brand." 

So 1980.

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Wow ...    

Candy did a good job. It was a heated debate and she kept the candidates moving.

673 days ago
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michael    

..."it calls into question CNN's impartiality." HAHAHA, what doesn't. I can't believe they even pretend to hide it anymore.

673 days ago
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verlinda    

I agree wowSoSad..I think she did a Fair job with BOTH Candidates.

673 days ago
4.

Rocco    

Someone needed to stand up to the combative Mitt, after the way he badgered Jim Lehrer. Candy had her facts straight. Romney is a lying, entitled bully. The right wing extremists are whining because Romney lost last night. oh boo hoo. Deal with it.

673 days ago
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Josie Wails    

CNN AFRAID TO SHOW THEY ARE IN OBAMAS HIP POCKET? OBAMA SHOULD BE ASHAMED HE RELIES ON WOMEN LIKE CLINTON AND CROWLEY TO HELP HIM ESCAPE HIS OUTRAGEOUS LIES. tHIS WAS A PLANNED HIT JOB AND THE PROOF IS PREEZY SAYING READ THE TRANSCRIPT AND CROWLEY IMMEDIATLEY HOLDS IT UP AND SHAKES IT AT ROMNEY. SHAZAM CNN HAS BEEN CO-OPTED IN OBAMAS CAMPAIGN BECAUSE THEY DID THE VERY SAME IN 2008. OBAMA LIED ABOUT MANY THINGS AND GRINNING AND INTERUPTING ARE STARTING TO LOOK LIKE THE ONLY POSSIBLE AMMO HIS ADMINISTARTION CAN CONJURE.

673 days ago
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michael    

If things would have gotten out of hand she would have just sat on them. 'Bama likes the big booty, he would'a loved it.

673 days ago
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Pudding Tang    

She will eat CrowBama soon !

673 days ago
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ray    

""They want to make all of the publicity over Candy just go away, because it calls into question CNN's impartiality."

There is NO question about their impartiality, thewy have NONE. no one can deny she IS biased

673 days ago
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Ashley     

romney is a sick wacko maniac
that needed to be called out
if i was monitoring i probably would've lunch out and chocked him
the guy is annoying and creepy
i say kudos to candy
good job girl, you have a lot of restraint......

673 days ago
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NOT ELMO    

she got tired of hearing Romney Lie all night.... https://twitter.com/alexisbledel -------------------- https://twitter.com/_juliannemoore -------------------- https://twitter.com/oliviawilde

673 days ago
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Aiden     

Candy Crowley was awesome at the debate. Her performance actually made me dislike Romney even further when she would try to move the questions along and he would show his arrogance by trying to have the last word on everything.

673 days ago
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stan de man     

she stunk and you know it..too biased but she's in soros's pocket like the rest of you biased liberals..tmz now is in that catagory ..too bad but thats why we have stopped watching tmz.. you are in the liberals pocket.no journalism here..

673 days ago
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Andrea    

Facts are hard. And what CNN is realizing is that if they want to get their ratings up they have to at least pretend to be impartial. In walks in Candy Crowley and blatantly buts in to defend the President with a blatant lie about Libya. We live in a world of instant information where the fact checkers and links to youtube videos are flying as soon as the words exited her mouth. And then after the debates she apologizes and retracts? You bet they're scared, even the non politicos and gossip groupies that don't pay attention are now.. paying attention.

673 days ago
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Delaware D    

Yes We Can-dy

673 days ago
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Card    

I am surprised she was not eating all night...
She DOES have FOUR Stomachs
LOL!!!!

673 days ago
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