Unbelievable excuses made for Candy Crowley in CNN internal memo

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The time disparity between President Obama and Governor Romney in the last debate has been widely discussed amongst honest media outlets. The president got about 10% more time to speak.

TheBlaze.com reported that President Obama received roughly 44:04 minutes compared to Romney’s 40:50.

Today, top CNN executive Mark Whitaker issued an internal memo to all CNN employees defending Tuesday night’s debate moderator Candy Crowley amid “conservative criticism.

“I’ve never seen anything like this,” Glenn said this morning after seeing the memo. “This is incredible.”

The memo makes the claim that President Obama got more speaking time because “he talks more slowly,” asserting that they would be conducting a word could comparison between the two to see who actually spoke more.

“They’re actually now, they’re going to spend corporate dollars to justify internally the word count,” Glenn joked.

Here’s the full memo, via the Hollywood Reporter:

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.

Glenn compared the excuse to shortening a football field because one person on the team has shorter legs than everyone else.

“Certainly they wouldn’t say to an NFL team, “Well, they’re calling their plays much slower.  So we’re just going to give them more plays so they can go beyond the end of the game.” Because, you know, they’re going almost to the end of the play clock,” Stu said.

It’s no mystery why the American people have given the mainstream media an 8% credibility rating. The debate is a timed event, it was a timed even in the last election and many before that — this is why candidates spend time and resources practicing.

If you’re not a great student, you’re probably going to spend more time studying before a test. If you’re not a natural athlete, you’re going to need to practice more. And, if you’re trying to win re-election and you’re not a fast speaker, you’re going to need to work on speeding things up.

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    The 8% credibility rating for the MSM of the left is too highly rated; given the blatant biases they have for Obama and the continuous propaganda, excuses, spin and blatant lies they need to be held to account for their actions by the people of this land.

    They have choosen at the beginning of the administration to join the House of Obama, so it is they shall share its downfall; jutice has come to both.

  • Anonymous

    Anyone noticed that whenever Romney spoke, the timer was in clear view, but hardly ever in view when Obama spoke?

    • Anonymous

       I noticed that too. And how Obama only talked to Crowley when calling Romney a liar.

    • Anonymous

      Yes, I noticed the same. Perhaps O was given more time because of the color of his skin…..blacks aren’t as smart and so he needed more time? They might as well have said that, as outrageous as that sounds.

      Obama is going down and going down hard!

    • VindicatorX

      That was no mistake.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AID4GKAVMK7CLGZJF62TZEQXCA CubnKira

    All future debates should be with a robot (timekeeper) instead of a moderator.
    Each side gets 15 minutes at a time.  When the speaker is speaking, the other’s mic is off and the camera focuses only on the speaker.  When the time runs out, the mic is shut off and it is reversed. 
    The candidates can state their positions and question the others without any interference.  They would be lively and natural debates.  Please pass this suggestion on.

    • Anonymous

      I think seeing the split screen shows a lot–showed what a jerk Biden is and showed Obama trying to hide his lies, or smirk or suppress his rage.  A loud bong might work.

      • http://sofia-l-ramirez.myopenid.com/ Sofia L.Ramirez

        @jaydeebee:disqus how Obama only talked to Crowley when calling Romney a liar. Love my job, since I’ve been bringing in $82h… I sit at home, music playing while I work in front of my new iMac that I got now that I’m making it online…..Goo.gl/lb14h

    • Sunshine Kid

      15 minutes at a time?  Sorry, most people would be bored with a 15 minute harangue.  More better to follow your suggestion with alternating 90 second comments over a 30 minute debate.  Now that would be more lively, more direct and more interesting.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Smith/1226033096 Richard Smith

    It’s terribly obvious to the most casual observer that CNN now leans far to the left – even the memo displays their bias.  Their viewership is way down and they think that helping the communist/muslum regime might help bail them out.

    • Sunshine Kid

       It will; just like Hitler bailed out Germany 1932-1945.

    • VindicatorX

      May they go the way of Newsweek for it!

  • http://twitter.com/imogene73 Lorna Devon

    Idiots! Candy was terrible and so biased!

  • Anonymous

    “the nervous questioners?” I thought they were all fine and was surprised about the quality of question

  • Anonymous

    “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.”….are they trying to say he’s slow? Sounds racist to me. /sarcasm/

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/LPF22MQEEY5UNGPTGJV2MSCUJU Myriam G.

      It’s called Affirmitive action!

      • Sunshine Kid

         Or, in their case, “infirm action”

    • VindicatorX

      I don’t think it was speaking more slowly as much as it was deliberately beating around the bush to run the clock out – if you don’t commit to a position they can’t hold you responsible. The strategy was to take more time to say less and thus cut the exposure of the President to questions. He did this on purpose, it was coached behavior. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/LPF22MQEEY5UNGPTGJV2MSCUJU Myriam G.

    They have become so transparent, they have not an ounce of shame to cover their bias… No wonder their ratings are down on the dumps! Maybe they will go so far down, that they will not be able to afford being on the air for too much longer…..

  • John Zehr

    What a bunch of horsepuckey. 

    “A superb job under the most difficult circumstances imaginable”. Gag me with a fork.
    “The reviews on Candy’s performance have been overwhelmingly positive.” Where does he get his data?

    Shame on the fourth estate for allowing itself to become so biased.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jw-Appling/100001282155183 J.w. Appling

       Don’t worry they will become journalist again when their messiah is defeated.

      • VindicatorX

        Yes they will, but then they will swing so far the other way they will not linger over that point at which they will be journalists. We’ve seen this all before.

  • http://youtu.be/ff8jDkOHp3U Sam Fisher

    Oh man CNN just proved Obama is slow in the head! 

  • Anonymous

    So when Obama mumbles/stammers and says i-i-i-i-i-yiyi, is that 1 word or 6?

  • Sunshine Kid

    If anyone ever had doubts about the honesty of the left wing liberals, here is the proof that they are not honest

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/MYYFJ25L6BB4AP5J7LKEHHCQKE buck

    The people at CNN are living under a rock. Especially with 3 million unemployed females who can’t afford the cable bill anymore to watch their trash.
    Candy Crowly has become a national joke, along with CNN……  

  • Anonymous

    the whole debate setup is ridiculous. why oh why does the republican party keep agreeing to these shams? every time a debate is proposed by the dems,we should counter them with our own proposal: you want jim lehrer? fine.sitting next to him with equal power will be c.krauthammer.you want c.crowley? fine, g.beck will share desk space with her. etc, etc. where is reince preibus (sp.) when these negotiations are going on?

  • Anonymous

    Why should Romney or Ryan debate these foolish socialists on socialist TV networks? They should know that it isn’t fair shake for them and plus they all grant Obama free time. They charge the Romney team huge fees for their ads.

  • Anonymous

    I believe Candy and Obama agreed to make a statement about Benghazi because she had reviewed the tapes prior and heard the word “terror”. She used that to give the president an edge. It was preplanned.

    Candy allowed the president to take as much time as he wanted while stopping Romney from rebutting. Romney was forced to interject in order to correct the horrible misconceptions and lies. Obama looked to Candy to continue giving him the right to interrupt and keep speaking. It was completely unfair. I think she did a terrible job as a moderator.

  • Anonymous

    Didn’t they used to have a buzzer of some sort of sound to tell the candidate their time was up? What happened to that?

  • greywolfrs

    Why does the Clown News Network even bother to call themselves “news?” Shouldn’t they be labeled as the “Information Wing of the Democrap Party?”

    Where is Anita Dunce when you need her?

  • Anonymous

    And CNN wonders why its ratings are at a 26 year low.  Newsweek wonders why they have to exit the print version business.  All cable MSM are mystified why Fox’s ratings are higher than all of them combined.  8% credibility rating.  Let’s see if the MSM reforms or they ride Progressivism to their graves.  I think they will ride it to their graves.

  • Anonymous

    Journalists used to be held to a high standard, even by themselves, that they report, not judge. Candy would have ended her career in a by-gone era.
    I doubt the audience asking questions were those who hadn’t made up their minds, they could have tossed out a zinger that wouldn’t have been risked.
    It’s all fixed!

  • Draxx

    Full Blown Nazi Style Propaganda… Say only what is in their interests! Protect Totally UnCredible Sources of Information!  Stop, the Other Person from Getting Their Points Out to the Public!  Lie, Lie, LIE… about the any that is True that will depress the public and reduce popularity.

  • http://www.dregstudios.com Brandt Hardin

    She did a great job.  All of the negative rhetoric roots from the talking heads guarding the inhabitants of Bullsh*t Mountain from rejoining the world of the sane just won’t budge.  Fox News is a propaganda machine which dumbs down America by the day through disinformation and their slanted agendas.  See their anchors spewing forth feces from their mouths in my visual homage to the network on my artist’s blog at   http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2012/10/the-fox-news-scylla-guardian-of-bullsht.html

    • greywolfrs

      You are so full of shit, it’s coming out your ears. Hey stupid, the dumbing-down of America is coming from the left, through the “edication system” and so called “news” from PMSNBC and the Clown Nws Network.
      Now, go peddle your “art” some place where some one might give a shit, douche bag.

  • Anonymous

    She only did what she was instructed to do. How pitiful.

  • Anonymous

    He only talked slower because he has to remember which lie he told to keep them straight… BS!!!!! 

  • mspatdev

    When did the lier Obammy start talking ‘slowly’? Candy Crowley did a lousy job. If she needed more time to set up, she should have come in early, or she should have asked some one in her department for Help or she didn’t need to do her job. Obammy had said terror and NOT terrorist. Actually, Obammy doesn’t understand his job and especially the economy. The wagging Media shouldn’t be lap dogs to Obammy.  Next debate is monday, and they need to give Romney some minutes that Crowley messed up.

  • http://www.facebook.com/anita.nunn1 Anita Hallmark Nunn


  • Anonymous

    CandyCrowley should be barred from ever acting as a moderator and CNN is wrong for defending her. regardless, she should have kept hermouth shut and not piped in on the rose garden statement… the 47% doesnt know the facts, or anything about current events they simply react to soundbites and this will become one of those.  taken out of context which it will be makes it look like Romney lied and thus undermines his credibility… way to go Candy Crowley and liberal biased CNN…… 

  • Anonymous

    I’d say we should just vote with our feet – or, more  correctly, with our remote controls – and ignore/tune-out CNN, but then I remembered… considering their ratings, I guess we were even before this fiasco.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TLHGEQIFUVNYOXWJTPFGBWIOII Rachel Rao

    Sickening, and to now know that the “undecided voters” had “agendas” Susan Katz who asked the Bush question was a MSNBC plant. I would use the word frightening, but now that America has got to see the emperor has no clothes, sees that the media group huggers are hugging an empty chair, have been called out, and will not be able to be “king makers” in 2012.
    I was so happy to see another knock out by Romney at tonight’s NY Albert Smith(?) dinner. Romney in his white tie and Ann looking beautiful and classy as ever, showed who is more Presidential in every sense of the word.
    VOTE: ROMNEY/RYAN & Reclaim/Restore America

  • Anonymous

    Just why does the GOP agree to have liberal moderators at these debates? Hello McFly?

  • Anonymous

    I do not know why the RNC allows the debates to be moderated by all Progressive Liberals; we know they will give more time and interest to the Liberal candidate.  The only thing it might do is show the lack of integrity of the progessives.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe that’s because Romney doesn’t have to sit and think of how to fabricate the correct answer or think about the lies he has to remember from prior conversations !!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    I’m sure these are the same people who are going to give him more time to try to do something productive with his presidency.  Obama stammers and studders because he doesn’t have a strong enough point to make, so it takes him longer to think of a rational answer, and then to feed it to the public as if there’s truth behind it.  It’s a shame that the media continuously give him free passes, it just makes our country weaker.

  • Anonymous

    Amazing…..Romney did a great debate. What is Obama’s  pention he didn’t ANSWER IT….but Lou Dobbs did..ck this out  beginning with $200.000 a yr. and on it goes…. his investments   in China etc.  he thinks that he doesn’t owe  US AN ANSWER.  CK  IT OUT THEN ASK ROMNEY ABOUT THE WAGES HE TOOK WENH HE WAS A GOVENER ?    THIS WILL BLOW YOU AWAY……$1.00   CK IT OUT!  As an owner of my own business for 20 years now retired last yr and sold it….I NEVER ASKED ANY OF MY EMPLOYEES TO DO ANYTHING I HAVEN’T DONE MYSELF…..  I BUILT IT! AND I NEVER TOOK A PAYCHECK…..MY CHOICE JUST KEPT PUTTING IT BACK INTO MY BAKERY..My husband covered our home expenses.  BLESSED TO BE A BESSING….and I respeced my workers WHICH WERE WOMAN…the new owner kept them on. thanks for the chance to share my thoughts.Went to PHX FREEPAC. very eye opening…NANCY RAY

  • Anonymous

    Apparently if you are Obama you don’t have to speed things up.He has these A– Kissers who steal the time for him! Foxwoman

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GDOU6BBHOP6O27FRAGUJATPLFM Laura

    She looked like Jabba the Hutt, very unprofessional, no class

  • Anonymous
  • VindicatorX

    Why not automate the sound system at the debates? When your time is up, your microphone goes dead. No one gets to exceed their time on either side, which enforces the time equally. 

    Crowley overstepped her bounds with the defense of Obama on several occasions during this debate, it was clearly evident she was rescuing the President. 

    There should be a new rule at the Presidential Debate Commission that all moderators must be non-partisan, and non-media, especially since the liberal media has proven to be untrustworthy by virtue of their blatant support for Obama in two elections. They doubled down on a strategy they think got them the White House. Now we need to give serious consideration to the role media plays in political contests – they haven’t been merely reporting the results for some time now. The media is conspiring to engineer an outcome in our elections, and that is not the role of the press – at least it wasn’t the original role of the press. Today’s news is more editorial than news, and there are a couple of generations who don’t know or can’t tell the difference.

  • linlili
  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Darryn-James/100002360164943 Darryn James

    its amazing that cnn is so in the bag, you can see how much they are a tool of the democrats more then a news organization. 

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