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CANDY CROWLEY GETTING WAY MORE ATTENTION FOR DEBATE MODERATION THAN A GIRL LIKE THAT EVER GETS
October 17 2012
Atlanta, GA – In any debate there are always at least two participants, the two people at the forefront, but often it is forgotten that there is one more important member the dispute, the moderator. The moderator has been, throughout the history of all debates whether Presidential or otherwise, an active participant.
In the recent rounds of Presidential spats there has been mixed results from the moderators. In the first, it was agreed, the moderation was weak and in the second, the VP debate, solid. This time around the moderator has become much more controversial and in fact perhaps even the biggest story of the campaign.
The moderator for last night’s debate was senior reporter for CNN Candy Crowley. Crowley, at least according to most who watched the battle, was an active participant in the debate and while some dispute her leanings, few would argue that she was passive in any way. Now, though, it appears that her home network is not at all happy with the performance because, well, CNN doesn’t like to get attention for anything, clearly, which is why they don’t really get any.
“It's typical. This type of publicity is great. More people know who Candy Crowley is than ever before, and CNN is blowing the chance of exploiting it. What CNN cares about is the brand. It's all about the brand,” a source told TMZ for some reason.
Crowley has been criticized for a lot of things in the debate but, generally, by
Republican supporters who wouldn’t have complained had their guy won.
Mitt Romney of course was mostly stampeded last night and that has to sting.
“I would argue that a lot of people are trying to make Crowley into the story in order to take away from the main storyline which of course is Obama winning. They want all the noise focussed on Crowley and her failure to moderate effectively not on the fact that Romney didn’t do all that well and Obama did and so they are trying to push that story, accurate or not,” said Scrape TV Political analyst Gabriel Kinsey. “For Crowley I’m sure it’s pretty fun getting all that attention. I mean she isn’t the kind of lady to get all that attention normally and being on CNN certainly doesn’t help so it has to be a fun thing for here even if the bosses are mad that they are having to deal with attention which is something they clearly don’t like.”
Crowley has not commented on the chatter yet.
“Obviously you don’t want a moderator to be passive because that is no longer a debate and is really just an argument and that is not what people want from a debate. It’s really an important position for a whole lot of reasons and the moderator has to participate otherwise there is no point to being there at all,” continued Kinsey. “None of this matters of course because Crowley isn’t up for election at all so the impression people have of here is largely irrelevant really but at least it is getting attention which is good for CNN and her whether they realize it or not, which they surely don’t.”
CNN had no real comment because that would bring more attention to the issue.
William Ashford, Business Correspondent