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CNN

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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76.

todd    

I heard she ate John Mccain after the debate as a snack

679 days ago
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Toasty J    

Doesn't this email PROVE that most of the networks are pro Democrat?
This guy Mark Whitaker clearly doesn't like "their guy" Mitt Romney, and favors Obama.
The only network that even tries to lean conservative is Fox News. The rest are liberal.

679 days ago
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charles corriss    

the only thing bigger then your fat ASS is your bias for the hampster. your credability has been shreded by your own denial to facts. the stupid may believe you but the informed dont. i hope you feel safe in the formers comany. there going to fight you for the last SUZY Q you fraud

679 days ago
79.

bob    

Are you kidding??? She was so in the tank for Obama that when she jumped in , ALL of the water splashed out and drowned the audience.

679 days ago
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Marco    


Candy ****

679 days ago
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scott    

Romney should be bending over BACKWARDS to Candy Crowley- she let him yammer on for 2 minutes past his time. I thought she was GREAT otherwise (sorry, but just like Jim Lehrer, she let Romney go on and on and Obama kept getting cut off). Other than that town halls are TOUGH and she was AWESOME. In fact, after the VP debate and last night I think women should moderate ALL debates.

679 days ago
82.

Chuck    

Candy was flat out wrong...she should have kept her big fat mouth closed. It was disgraceful.

679 days ago
83.

John    

This is disgusting. CNN is dying with each breath they speak.

679 days ago
84.

Areader    

So typical of the right wing to whine because Romney got his clocked cleaned by Obama!

679 days ago
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charles corriss    

the only thing bigger then your fat ASS is your bias for the hampster. your credability has been shreded by your own denial to facts. the stupid may believe you but the informed dont. i hope you feel safe in the formers comany. there going to fight you for the last SUZY Q you fraud

679 days ago
86.

Diane    

CNN sucks..... they're ratings are going to drop even more now.... adios CNN P.S. Candy is fat too............

679 days ago
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Pip    

I am anti-liberal, anti-gay rights, anti government, BUT I believe Candy Crowley was 110% fair. I made numerous comments to my wife, telling her how surprised i was with regards to her neutrality. I hate BS and this time, its BS on the conservatives, she was extremely fair.

She was a pro!

679 days ago
88.

Sonofavet    

"CNN TRIES to blunt"
"TRIES" being the operative word
CNN has forfeited the small amount of credibility they were clinging to.
CROWLEY CARRIED OUT THE MISSION -she went out and threw the hail Mary. Too bad it completely missed the target.
Now they need to turn Crowley out to pasture she was the most expendable, right CNN?
Give her a nice green pasture to graze on for the rest of her Life
And, CNN. go about trying to salvage your propoganda business, you may eventually get there... if you start telling the truth for a change.

679 days ago
89.

Carl    

It is hilarious that conservatives are freaking out because Romney wasn't allowed to get away with a blatant lie.

679 days ago
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Pip    

Crowley was really fair. I am a staunch Republican. They do not breed them more conservative than me. I will pass out if Obama gets back in, BUT Let me say that Candy was extremely fair and she did and excellent job... I never liked Candy as a personality on T.V, but i was really shocked at how neutral she was. I also think Romney won the debate, not by much, but he won.

679 days ago
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