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CNN

Tries to Blunt Romney

Criticism Over Candy

10/17/2012 3:48 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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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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91.

Mumra the Ever Living    

All she did was ask the questions and try to keep the two candidates on point. Obama did a good job and Romney was just terrible. Obama was for the most part truthful while Romney got caught more than once making up facts, obfuscating what he really believes in, and just plain lying,
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Mitt has no one to blame but himself.
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> > Suck it Mitt, Obama will win easily and in your heart you know I'm right!

644 days ago
92.

Blue Lake    

What criticism? She was the best thing about the debate.

644 days ago
93.

Jim in Cali    

Its just hilarious. CAndy interrupted Mitt 28 times, only interrupted Obama 9 times. Obama talked for almost 5 minutes longer than Romney. Liberal Media at its finest.

644 days ago
94.

Soamazing    

Romney continued to be rude and selfish as he tried to convenience everyone that he actually knows...ANYTHING. I t"sit down"...she should have added SHUT UP. He spoke generally explained nothing satisfactorily and yet managed to set the tone in an aggressive manner. How would someone like Romney fair with our enemies in negotiations. That mentalitiy of I know the right way and any other way is simply wrong so I won't hear you is ridiculous. He would surely be our demise. Better believe. That on top of the ridiculous true self he has shown us in how much he really knows, without being told, about how or who the average american is. Romney=No President of this beautiful country, AMERICA.

644 days ago
95.

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 propogaganda business, you may eventually get there... if you start telling the truth for a change.
But we won't be getting our hopes up.

644 days ago
96.

MrR    

"You can always tell a liberal,but you can't tell a liberal much."

644 days ago
97.

myopinion    

LMAO.....A word count! These people are acting like STUPID children!

644 days ago
98.

Jake    

This fat, ugly, old bitch F'd up and she doesn't even have the stones to say that she did it because she was trying to protect her man Obama. What ever happened to the unbias press????????

644 days ago
99.

MeRichardsLittle    

Candy is hot!!! She needs to show more b@@b.

644 days ago
100.

Mr Rod    

Candy Crowley is obviously a liberal tool. She had no business moderating the debate!

644 days ago
101.

Jake    

Overwelmingly positive? U mean that everyone at CNN supports her. Idiots!

644 days ago
102.

Itoldu    

Candy took no ****,called BS when she heard it & made those "guys" STUF & answer the frigging questions......what's wrong with that?

644 days ago
103.

Sonofavet    

Mr. Mark Whitaker, you are a pompous overbearing pimp - nothing more and nothing less.
You were able to shove it over on us two years ago.
But the truth always manages to shine through
Now, PLEASE TAKE YOUR WELL-USED TUBE OF LIPSTICK BACK TO YOUR EXECUTIVE PENT HOUSE, MR Mark Whitaker, SIT ON IT AND ROTATE 360... DEGREES.

644 days ago
104.

head bussa    

Obama did a good job in pointing out the lack of truth in Mitt's statements and specifics in his budget. can someone explain to me if Mitt wants to close the loopholes for the rich then why give them a tax cut?

And does anyone have a problem with Mitt pushing a tax cut that will make Mitt more money? Why does he never state that his budget will put more money in his pocket?

But, Obama always says people like himself that can afford it will pay more in his budget. Obama is backing up his shared sacrifice plan by being willing to paying more . While Mitt is trying to line his pocket. Just something to think about.

644 days ago
105.

tigress    

I am appalled that Romney and congressman Ryan are politicizing the murders of ambassador Chris Stevens and the three Americans to score some votes. This blew up in Romney's face, he and he alone is the blame. It is typical of a woman hater like Romney to try and blame his mess on Candy Crawley who did an excellent job.

644 days ago
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