So, should she lose her job for violating a contract she signed? “The moderator will not… “, blogs Ann Althouse quoting the contract, “intervene in the debate except to acknowledge the questioners from the audience or enforce the time limits, and invite candidate comments during the 2 minute response period.”
Hugh Hewitt, however, thinks her intervention helps Romney:
Romney should send Crowley roses for messing up the Libya exchange as it propels Libya to the front page tomorrow and into the public’s consciousness as not even an uninterrupted exchange would have. The media is not supposed to create the narrative, but it did, much to Romney’s benefit.
Go easy on Crowley. She made a mistake, but it wasn’t intentional and it has the unintended consequence of focusing the post-debate exactly where it should be and far, far removed from any nonsense.
This story, Crowley’s admission later that Romney was right on Libya, that Obama didn’t call Benghazi an “Act of Terror” in his 09/12/12 speech, will dominate the post-debate discussion. It will remind us of the administration’s inept response to the attacks and the month-long delay in anyone in the administration taking responsibility, without anyone suffering any consequences.
Moreover, it raises doubts about credibility of legacy media. Even a (soft) Obama supporter thought “Crowley helped Obama more than she did Romney, and that often she didn’t give Romney a chance to respond.” The supposed independent audience, Ben Shapiro reports at Breitbart, asked twice as many snti-Romney questions. And who was selecting the questions?
Over at Instapundit, Elizabeth Price Foley thought that “Crowley might get out her Obama pom-poms and do a little cheer: ‘Give me an “O”!’”
The average American watching this debate will have even more reason to be skeptical of the legacy media’s coverage of any number of issues, including the current presidential contest.
“By far the biggest loser of the debate (after my former boss, George W., that is)“, writes Matt Latimer
was Candy Crowley. She is one of the most seasoned political reporters in Washington, but she came very close to becoming a participant in the debate. At some points she almost lost control, then seemed to interrupt Romney more often than Obama. The president also was given more time to speak overall. Ms. Crowley’s decision to buttress Obama’s declaration that Romney was being dishonest on Libya, however, will go into the Republican Party’s media-bias file for decades to come. Enjoy that moment—you’ll be seeing it again and again for years.