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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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Tony F.    

When was the last time we saw a Presidential debate monerator become an instant fact checker? NEVER. CNN can try to say that Candy Crowley did well but they cannot say that with a straight face,,,,,,,,,,,,,

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Don Pedro    

I have always been suspicious of a woman named "candy" especially since this one looks like a retired prize fighter....but CNN is lucky that even she wants to work there.

703 days ago
108.

tt    

Romney came in with i'm going to be a rich douche bag attitude. He lost and republicans hate to admit this fact. So they become name callers and bring themselves back to elementary school. I'm appalled at these so called conservatives behavior. Democrats didn't do this when we lost we told our candidate to get together after the first debate. let's face it Obama came to fight and won that fight.

703 days ago
109.

Gabe     

Candy Crowly and Mark Whitaker are why I am no longer a Democrat and now an independent. You are supposed to report the news with out bias, but clearly you could not help yourselves from showing their bias. Candy get your facts straight and quit making yourself look like a moron, like Mark Whitaker. I am not a Romney fan, in fact I have never voted for a Republican for President, but guess what that will change this year. Thanks for showing me CNN is a station I can now ignore. Looks like I am forced to go to Fox news since your just another MSNBC. Obama cheerleaders!

703 days ago
110.

A1A    

Governor Romney will win this election in the biggest landslide victory since Regan won. The biggest fraud in Presidential history and the most corrupt administration in history is nearing his end as President.

703 days ago
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Roberta     

Candy was annoying! Please send us unbiased moderators. And, I am sick of biased journalists. I honestly don't know what news to watch anymore. I just want to hear the facts-not your opinion--so shut up!!

703 days ago
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Patricia    

Candy Crowley, as a reporter, has been involved in Washington and the world's politics longer than Obama and Romney combined. I did not see the debate but I kind of think that she probably knew more about what is happening than the candidates.

703 days ago
113.

Jim    

....I can see from all the comments that Candy's interjection into the debate didn't go unnoticed ! The Obama fans that have commented are typical Venomous and the Romney supporters were very civil but factual ! The bottom line is, Romney nailed Obama and there wasn't a thing Barrack could say, it was His Record ! That's all ! Obama may have thrown Clinton under the bus , but we all know , Obama was the "Commander-in-Chief" , the buck stops in the Oval Office !

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viktor    

Crowley was fawning on Obummer, on camera, like a jr. high school student. It was revolting. Crowley kept Romney from answering the assault weapon question when he mentioned Fast and Furious, but did not similarly stop Obummer on the same assault weapon question when he wandered into hiring more teachers. That is just one example. She should be fired, and never be a debate "moderator" again. Clearly, Crowley was a debate participant, and Romney was debating two people, not just one.
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By the way, Romney, by far, won the debate, if a "town forum" debate can be won. They should forever more use only classic debate format for presidential debates.
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115.

Jim    

....I can see from all the comments that Candy's interjection into the debate didn't go unnoticed ! The Obama fans that have commented are typical Venomous and the Romney supporters were very civil but factual ! The bottom line is, Romney nailed Obama and there wasn't a thing Barrack could say, it was His Record ! That's all ! Obama may have thrown Clinton under the bus , but we all know , Obama was the "Commander-in-Chief" , the buck stops in the Oval Office !

703 days ago
116.

jen    

Crowley did a bad job, hence the need to send out and publicize an email intended for damage control. If she'd done a good job there would have been no need to send one out.

703 days ago
117.

Amy    

Obama's a slower talking, huh? LOL!!!

703 days ago
118.

David    

I loved Candy Crowley and the format of the debate. She asked great follow-up questions. Best debate I've seen in years. Love you Candy!

703 days ago
119.

daisy     

Candy Crowley - my HERO! Well done, best debate in years, and called both candidates equally for length and accuracy. Really impressive!!!

703 days ago
120.

Hazel Hill    

Candy Crowley should be fired for her performance during the debate. How dare she butt in and offer her two cents on what the President did or did not say in the rose garden. While touring with Obama group during the last election, she was disgusting. She gushed over Obama to the point that it was embrassing to see a big fat grown woman behave the way she did. I saw her on CNN and observed her disgusting behavior. Almost drooling when she talked about him. How fair could she be expected to behave last night. She made an ass out of herself.

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