Skip to comments.Moderator Role Under Scrutiny – Before the Debate
Posted on 10/14/2012 9:10:17 PM PDT by cdchik123
In a rare example of political unity, both the Romney and the Obama campaigns have expressed concern to the Commission on Presidential Debates about how the moderator of the Tuesday town hall has publicly described her role, TIME has learned.
While an early October memorandum of understanding between the Obama and Romney campaigns and the bipartisan commission sponsoring the debates suggests CNNs Candy Crowley would play a limited role in the Tuesday night session, Crowley, who is not a party to that agreement, has done a series of interviews on her network in which she has suggested she will assume a broader set of responsibilities. As Crowley put it last week, Once the table is kind of set by the town hall questioner, there is then time for me to say, Hey, wait a second, what about x, y, z?
According to the town hall format language in the agreement, after each audience question and both two-minute responses from the candidates, Obama and Romney are expected to have an additional discussion facilitated by Crowley. Yet her participation is meant to be otherwise limited. As stated by the commission: In managing the two-minute comment periods, the moderator will not rephrase the question or open a new topic
.The moderator will not ask follow-up questions or comment on either the questions asked by the audience or the answers of the candidates during the debate or otherwise 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. The memorandum, which has been obtained by TIME, was signed by lawyers for the two campaigns on October 3, the day of the first presidential debate in Denver.
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they’ll need a wide-angle lens for said scrutiny...
The buttinsky moderator was live bombed by her professional peers. The moderator that let the candidates grapple with each other was reviled by his professional peers.
cramdy crowlady is a whale sized attention whore. What do you think she will do?
Activist journalism means activism always.
You’da think they learn by this time. Now they’re Closing the barn door after the whorses has left the gate.
LoL. Lying cover.
Live bombed = “love bombed”. Lousy touch screen/auto correct . . .
The libs are well known for planting ringers in the group of undecided questioners. They will be easy to spot.
You are probably a toothless hillbilly.
Her size has nothing to do with this. Only an insecure closet homo would bring it up.
Knock it off...we are better than that.
Just as there is fact checking for the questions that are asked, there is BACKGROUND checking to out the professional activists who pose as “undecided voters”.
For the love of God....Don’t ping Laz...
Why not drop all pretense and just get someone from Obama's own cabinet to referee the debate.
So she’s been offered the press secretary job in the second Obama term?
THE GAY MEDIA MESSIAH OBAMA MUST BE SAVED, NO MATTER THE COST!
Imagine how popular she will be on the DC/NYC party circuit if she manages to destroy Romney, and save Obama?
THE SKY IS THE LIMIT!
How funny! Crowley has avoided interviewing Michele, lens and all, fearing a calorie discussion.
you created a fascinating combination of long since abandoned stereotypes there, mr. sophisticated. I haven’t heard one of them since junior high.
Do you police the entire internet, or just the parts that don’t serve donuts and ice cream?
No we're not. She's not allowed on my TV.
The screen isn't big enough.
Who's "we", honkie?!
Good thing Role isn't Roll.
Interrupt Romney at the moment he gains momentum just as biatch ‘moderator turned 0bamabot’ Martha Ratsass did?
What we need is another debate with Rush Limbaugh to ask questions and perhaps Zell Miller to represent the democrats with his own questioning
It is not Candy Crowley role to set the rules for the debate. She is only the moderator although she is leaning heavily toward the left or should I say communism.
Yes. We know though that this Moderator will literally Roll (or be Rolled) into the debate hall.
If he sounds as if he were reading a teleprompter, then one suspects that the questions have been compromised; and he's reciting rote material rather than thinking and answering truthfully.
I'd like to hear Dick Morris weigh in on this. IIRC correctly, he described a time in which the Clinton intermediaries and the nets met to pre-decide questions for an interview. The forthcoming debate is a bigger deal than an interview, and Mister Obama seems no less dishonest than Mister Clinton
Yep. That was pretty much the way it went. but keep in mind that Cramdy is a million times more full of herself *rimshot*
I love the debates, but despise the fact that the moderators are always liberal at best, full-blown socialist at worst.
” . . . we are better than that.”
The favorite FR battle cry of a moron.
Stop trying to “fix it”, FFS!!!!
I think I knocked boots with her in Gallup, New Mexico about 1999.
Only she wasn’t wearing boots and she was in chute number 2.
Moderate Romney, facilitate Obama!
Delicious Candy is on it like a fat gal on a first date. Aiming to please!
Another giant ego on the same stage with Obama - This might get interesting.
"Gov. Romney, you have cited the multiple failures of this administration since 2009, but do believe that electing the first Africa-American president in US history was an historic achievement for the country, and if you do believe it to be historic, wouldn't the defeat of that president by a lilly-white man, such as yourself, be a step backwards for race relations? 30 seconds to respond.
Why do I imagine the Crowley’s reframing and follow ups to Obama will simply tee up another prototypical platitude Fest for Obama? While Crowley’s reframing and follow ups to Romney will be confrontational.
My prediction, Crowley is wavy enough to throw at least one dig at Obama to secure the some appearance of credibility. Otherwise 10 to 1 attack on Romney.
Crowley wants to sit at the head table with Martha at this years press correspondents dinner. While Jim Lerher gets a milk crate in the kitchen.
“Knock it off...we are better than that.”
Well obviously we are not. :))
Crowley is a liberal and you’ll never meet one that isn’t interested in control.
What is the opposite of a “toothless hillbilly”?
A valleygirl with an orthodontist.
Her reward for helping Obama will be a lifetime pass to Ruth’s Chris Steak House.
Is she related to Obama appointed person at the state department PJ Crowley? If so how can this be partisan .
Romney agreed to submit himself to a fat stupid leftist. What could go wrong?
Excuse me, how can this be? How can rules for a debate be established and the "Moderator" is not required to follow them? Is this a typical arrangement?
(It could be, I really don't know. It's the first I'd heard of a "Memorandum of Understanding" for any debate.)