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Tries to Blunt Romney

Criticism Over Candy

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

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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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151.

Sonofavet    

A P.S. FOR ALL YOU MOVIE MOGUL TYPES and Actors and Actresses.
IF you would like to continue making money in your industry.
You'd better start working your butts off to get Obama out of office
IT IS US PO' FOLKS HERE IN THE FLYOVER COUNTRY who are paying the big price for your over-priced product.
Can YOU, MR Movie Mogul afford more years of Obama?
US Flyover People ARE STRUGGLING TO BUY MILK AND EGGS, forget about filling up the car's gas tank -
Work with us Flyover People Hollywood - get someone in office who happens to know something about business - neighborhood organization doesn't benefit us one bit. Help us get our economy going again
Us FLYOVER PEOPLE would love nothing more than to take our family to see your product in the movie theater.
Help US Hollywood.

550 days ago
152.

david    

nobody is surprised...everyone knows CNN stands for "Communist News Network"

550 days ago
153.

Double rock    

Candy is a liberal....enough said!

550 days ago
154.

Double rock    

How classy was it when Michelle Obama was the only person clapping like a fool during one point in the debate? Wow! Just, wow!!!

550 days ago
155.

Susan    

I'm just wondering where the liberal media will be when Romney wins the election....SCREWED that's where.

550 days ago
156.

Bu    

Mitt lies so much and goes on and on with many of these lies and it takes up time...she needed to shut him up and move on!

550 days ago
157.

Susan    

I'm just wondering where the liberal media will be when Romney wins the election....SCREWED that's where.

550 days ago
158.

backfire    

Candy was sub-par as a moderator. The debate was between Obama and Romney. She was wrong to act like a judge and should have shut her mouth. She also gave Obama over 4 more minutes than Romney.

550 days ago
159.

Kathryn    

Okay, guys, I read through almost 6 pages of these comments, until I FINALLY came to the conclusion, and went no further: Go look at the comments, ALL Pro-Romney comments have ALL high likes, and the one's that are against O'bama have ALL high likes. The one's that are Pro-Obama have HIGH "hate" votes. The ones that are agaisnt O'bama have HIGH "like" votes.

Seriously, I am not kidding. I did NOT see ONE comment with HIGH "likes" for O'bama, or HIGH "hates" for Romney.

If THIS is going on, on TMZ, a VERY liberal website, O'vomit is in a WORLD of trouble. Really. Romeny.Game.Set.Match.Period.

550 days ago
160.

Josie Wails    

POTUS IS SHEER GARRULOUS ANACOLUTHA SPUTTERING IN DELAYED OBFUSCATED DISARAY AND CONFUSED DIALOGUE WITHERED FROM AN EXITED TELEPLOMPTER MISSING ON HIS FLYING CARPETED NARCISITIC ROYAL REACH AROUND HANDLERS FAWNING OVER HIS EVERY WHIMPER AND VAPOROUS IDEAL ALL BEING EXPOSED FOR THE FAKIR FROM CHICAGO HE IS. THE ISSUE OF SUSTAINABILITY FOR HIM TO EVEN CO-EXIST WITH AMERICA IS NOW DOWN TO HIS SHORT AND CURLIES WHICH HE SHAVES SO HE CAN ACT LIKE A GIRL ON A FERRIS WHEEL SUCKING DOWN CELEBRITY ICE WHILE AMERICA IS BURNING. OH HE JUST MISSED YET ANOTHER SECURITY BRIEFING BECAUSE MR AND MRS VACATION WERE DOING A PHOTO OP IN FRONT OF A CHAMPAGNE TOWER OF THOSE 1% RAPPERS CHARGIN HIGH FEES FOR ACCESS TO GLOW WROM PENNSYLVANIA AVE STREET CRED GLOW WORM STAUS SEEKING PLAYAS. CAN SOMEONE PLEASE CHANGE THE LIGHT BULB IN THE WHITE HOUSE FOYER!!

550 days ago
161.

dale12    

i saw Candy Crowely on The View today, and she looked Guilty....She knows that she was Wrong to interject herself into the Presidential Debate!

550 days ago
162.

Sylvixen    

Romney Sucks he will never be the president of the USA!!!

550 days ago
163.

Jon Thornton    

It was a shock that a fat liberal c*nt cut in! Mitt should have bought her a box of donuts to shut her pie hole. Good job FAT ASS!

550 days ago
164.

fvshihim    

Crowley is just a symptom of the media that has been in the tank for Obama for years. But it is coming to an end. They may not like it but it is what it is.
Why else would Obama obfuscate as he did over that whole Rose garden mess? He was the one who went to the UN and blamed a movie for it after. He was the one who told the women on the view it was still being investigated, even though the FBI had not even been there yet.
Even though they KNEW from direct phone calls and video feeds that it was a terrorist attack that night, he sent his people out on no less than 5 talk shows to say it was a "spontaneous demonstration over a movie" that spread to 20 countries on it's own.
They even arrested the movie maker for it .. now there's justice.

What did the press do? Nothing but attack Romney .. for what? Saying it was a terrorist attack while Obama was off in Vegas the next day continuing to campaign. But Obama says that Romney used it for his campaign?

Obama held the movie narrative for two weeks hoping the media would cover for him that whole time as they have been for three years. Crowley just added smoke to the fire last night in typical CNN fashion. Obscured the real issue. Obama said it was a movie for three weeks. Apologized to foreigners on network television in advertisements saying it was because of a movie.essentially bringing that movie to their attention that they didn't know about. and making them more mad.
Did the media do anything about that? Nope

I didn't see Candy Crowley fact check Obama when he said that gas was $1.89 when Bush was in office because the economy was on the verge of collapse! Now if that were the case, we would be paying about 20 cents at the pump now wouldn't we?

Just media bias and CNN trying to save their share .. expect it people.

Thank Romney for exposing Benghazi because if he hadn't jumped on it so fast calling it a terrorist attack, Obama would have everyone believing it was over a movie and Al-Qaedia was dead because of him and his golfing ability ...

550 days ago
165.

Pockets    

I'm guessing a lot of people on TMZ remember a time when they had their own drinking fountains #THEREISAIDIT

550 days ago
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