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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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Ldawg    

Obama has no record to run on. He has done nothing to help the country. Everything he has done is to help destroy our country. Our country is on the brink of a complete financial collapse. What happens when there is no money left to load those welfare and food stamp cards? We are becoming Greece.

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Rocco    

Here's what Crowley had to say after Romney managed to put his foot up his own butt. Republicans need to learn how to read and listen. Here's an opportunity for you.

Listen, what I said on that stage is the same thing I said to you, actually, last night. What I was trying to do ... I was trying to move this along. The question was Benghazi. There is no question that the administration is quite vulnerable on this topic — that they did take weeks to go, “Well, actually, there really wasn’t a protest and actually didn’t have anything to do with the tape. That took a long time. That’s where he was going. That was his first answer. And then we got hung up on this, “Yes, he said. No, I didn’t. I said terror. You didn’t say terror.” And then there was this point they both kind of looked at me. You know, he was looking at me and the president was looking at me. And what I wanted to move this along — could we get back to this? So I said, “He did say acts of terror, called it an act of terror. But Governor Romney, you are perfectly right that it took weeks for them to get past the tape.

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UZURBRAIN    

Rupubs are big ass babies! Whine some more!!!!!

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kim    

Im undecided but Obama kept interrupting Romney last night and acted very smug. I will vote for the candidate who tells us his plans and not the one who playground bullies the other candidate which Obama seemed to do alot last night to Romney. I dont want to hear well he did this and he is that. I ONLY want to hear their opinions on issues & how they will solve them. The back & forth drives me nuts. Act like grown men. Its pathetic that America cant find a better candidate than these 2.

The moderator was TERRIBLE.

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UZURBRAIN    

The Commander and Chief already has OHIO....Enough said!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

652 days ago
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buzz kill    

Since when is CNN impartial?

652 days ago
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djleejones    

Candy did a great job, Romney tried to run over her as he did the last host. She kept the debate moving along on both candidates - obama was just not being such a dick like romney was.

652 days ago
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Susan    

Is it me or does Candy Crowley look like Ms. Trunchbull from the movie "Matilda"?

652 days ago
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Beach    

The
Clinton
News
Network

not impartial??? No way!!!!!!!!!!

652 days ago
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JOHN     

MAN SHE IS HARD TO LOOK AT, EVEN THE DOG HAD BAD DREAMS, AFTER THAT, CIRCUS ACT~~~~~~~~

652 days ago
71.

Beach    

She covered Obama's @ss on the terrorist attack issue....

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Sandra     

Candy did a great job!!!!

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73.

Bridget    

"This was a heavyweight fight. He didn't knock him out, but he came out swinging. Obama won tonight"- Republican strategist Mathew Dowd


To bad some of the Romney supporters here can't seem to muster the good sportsmanship that Mr. Dowd and other republicans did. Most dems freely admitted when Obama lost the first debate. But the Romney supporters today seem to just be running around screaming bias!! Instead they could just admit defeat this time around and look forward to the next debate, it shows a lot more class....and sounds less whiney.


BTW Mrs. Crowley probibly interrupted Romney a lot more because he wouldn't stop talking when she asked him to.

652 days ago
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DamienJaymz    

Candy wouldn't have been hostile with Romney if he didn't try to constantly argue a topic after another question has been asked, or after the second rebuttal that Obama got as per the set up of the town hall debate.

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jules    

Romney was a rude little piss ant last evening. He thought he was above the rules of the debate

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