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Tries to Blunt Romney

Criticism Over Candy

10/17/2012 3:48 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

CNN's Managing Editor sent an email around the office today, praising Candy Crowley and trying to blunt criticism that she was unfair to Mitt Romney.

The email -- sent by Mark Whitaker and obtained by TMZ -- is almost a series of talking points to address Candy's critics.

Here's the full email:

"Let's start with a big round of applause for Candy Crowley for a superb job under the most difficult circumstances imaginable. She and her team had to select and sequence questions in a matter of hours, and then she had to deal with the tricky format, the nervous questioners, the aggressive debaters, all while shutting out the pre-debate attempts to spin and intimidate her. She pulled it off masterfully.

The reviews on Candy's performance have been overwhelmingly positive but Romney supporters are going after her on two points, no doubt because their man did not have as good a night as he had in Denver. On the legitimacy of Candy fact-checking Romney on Obama's Rose Garden statement, it should be stressed that she was just stating a point of fact: Obama did talk about an act (or acts) of terror, no matter what you think he meant by that at the time. On why Obama got more time to speak, it should be noted that Candy and her commission producers tried to keep it even but that Obama went on longer largely because he speaks more slowly. We're going to do a word count to see whether, as in Denver, Romney actually got more words in even if he talked for a shorter period of time."

TMZ broke the story ... some honchos at CNN want the criticism to go away, even though it's shining a light on one of their most high-profile personalities -- and you just can't buy this type of publicity.


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Someone should follow Harvey around with a camera. Sooner or later he will get caught giving Obama a Lewinsky.

738 days ago


so it's about word count now and not time, as the rule was stated?
end justifies the means anyone?

738 days ago


There is one thing that has been confirmed to me by White Americans, you all are a bunch of Cry Babies! B%#&h, B%#&h, B#%&h........Cry Baby Cry, Such Honey Boo Boo's Mammy Big A%& Titties!

738 days ago


what I would have wanted to know is which wife of Romney's is going to be First Lady. All of his mulitiple wives can't be the First Lady, so which one is it????

738 days ago


Geez, Republicans have got to grow up & stop whining like little girls. The moderator was prepared for the candidates to debate the issues, not lie like schoolchildren. Face it, Republicans; Mitt Romney lied about the "14 days before the President even mentioned the act was terrorism"; he pushed a bad position to gain advantage, and the moderator correctly pointed out he was wrong, as a matter of record, after he was rebutted by President Obama. Stop whining because your guy got his stiff ass handed to him last night; time to realize your tired old George W. Bush policies of "let's deregulate & give the top 2% huge tax breaks" doesn't work; it's the same thing that caused the worst recession since the great depression, which we're still climbing out of.. Grow up...

738 days ago


This isn't about LEFT OR RIGHT.
it isn't really about media bias - that is so obvious, it doesn't merit debate anymore. CNN and MSNBC are so far up Obama's azz that they are waving at us from Obama's nostrils.
Let's talk about my family member who lost his job 2 years ago due to downsizing - he is working two jobs now to provide enough money for his family.
Let's talk about my neighbor who lost his home 3 years ago.
Or let's talk about our family friend who lost everything he had invested in a small business venture.
Let's talk about them and the families in our local homeless shelter - kids doing homework by the light of a bare 25 watt lightbulb- lining up for a donated meal in the evening. Let's talk about them for a change
And let's talk about the 4 year-old failed promises of a man who promised over and over some relief for our weary citizens - who would work if there were just some jobs
And he bold=face lies about our citizens dying in Libya.
To hell with the rest of the nonsense
Obama is/was totally clueless and he can't even hint at a solution.

738 days ago

Mr. Obummer    

President Obama's accomplishments.

He has done more than any other President before him. He
has an impressive list of accomplishments:

First President to apply for college aid as a foreign
student, then deny he was a foreigner.

First President to have a social security number from a
state he has never lived in.

First President to preside over a cut to the credit-rating
of the United States

First President to violate the War Powers Act.

First President to be held in contempt of court for
illegally obstructing oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico .

First President to require all Americans to purchase a
product from a third party.

First President to spend a trillion dollars on
'shovel-ready' jobs when there was no such thing as 'shovel-ready'

First President to abrogate bankruptcy law to turn over
control of companies to his union supporters.

First President to by-pass Congress and implement the
Dream Act through executive fiat.

First President to order a secret amnesty program that
stopped the deportation of illegal immigrants across the U.S. ,
including those with criminal convictions.

First President to demand a company hand-over $20 billion
to one of his political appointees.

First President to tell a CEO of a major corporation
(Chrysler) to resign.

First President to terminate America 's ability to put a
man in space.

First President to cancel the National Day of Prayer and
to say that America is no longer a Christian nation.

First President to have a law signed by an auto-pen
without being present.

First President to arbitrarily declare an existing law
unconstitutional and refuse to enforce it.

First President to threaten insurance companies if they
publicly spoke-out on the reasons for their rate increases.

First President to tell a major manufacturing company in
which state it is allowed to locate a factory.

First President to file lawsuits against the states he
swore an oath to protect (AZ, WI, OH, IN).

First President to withdraw an existing coal permit that
had been properly issued years ago.

First President to actively try to bankrupt an American
industry (coal).

First President to fire an inspector general of
Ameri-Corps for catching one of his friends in a corruption case.

First President to appoint 45 czars to replace elected
officials in his office.

First President to surround himself with radical left wing

First President to golf 73 separate times in his first two
and a half years in office, 102 to date.

First President to hide his medical, educational and
travel records.

First President to win a Nobel Peace Prize for doing
NOTHING to earn it.

First President to go on multiple "global apology" tours
and concurrent "insult our friends" tours.

First President to go on 17 lavish vacations, including
date nights and Wednesday evening White House parties for his friends
paid for by the taxpayer.

First President to have 22 personal servants (taxpayer
funded) for his wife.

First President to keep a dog trainer on retainer for
$102,000 a year at taxpayer expense.

738 days ago


There is one thing that I have come to know about White Americans most of you are F@%king Cry Babies! Bitch, Bitch, Bitch ! Cry Baby Cry ! Suck Honey Boo Boo's Mammy Big Azz Titties....Teacher, Teacher the other kids not playing fair they want hand me the ball. Well Tommy you have to run and get the ball yourself, but they move faster than me

738 days ago

Spicy mag    

Vote for none of the above Brewster.

738 days ago


She is fat, frumpy and move on.

738 days ago


Lets just call it what it is, it is Liberal press period point blank. You will never be able to get a Conservative moderator in there no matter what. I would love to see Bill O'Riley in there, Obama would never get a word in edge wise and he would get the beat down he has coming to him. And Yes Candy and Obama had the Lybia question set up, Hilary Clinton took blame for that before Obama did, he did not actually take blame for it until last night at the debate. He let the WORLD THINK it was over this youtube video, not an act of terorrism, Romney was also correct and Candy did have to go on CNN to do damage control. All I can say is this great Nation is going to Hell in a hand bag quick, and I love my country and 4 more years of Obama welcome to China!

738 days ago


Haha...lil Barry Obama can't debate without a lifeline from a woman moderator lol...another shameful night for the president

738 days ago

Diamond Goddess!    

Mitt did fine.
The comments on Crowley's unattractiveness are stupid.
Do you want a hot, distracting journalist there trying to keep these two Alpha Males in line?
Uh, no.
I think she was Left-biased a bit, but Mitt held his own.
Obama did much better than in debate # 1.
I thought Mitt, Candy, and Obama all did fine.

738 days ago


Haha...lil Barry Obama can't debate without a lifeline from a woman moderator lol...another shameful night for the president

738 days ago

Laura stein    

Fat ass whore!!!!!

738 days ago
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