CNN blames ‘Romney supporters’ for Candy Crowley controversy

Jeff Poor Media Reporter

Despite facing serious backlash for correcting Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on the White House’s response to the Libya crisis during Tuesday’s presidential debate — and then admitting the candidate was “right in the main” on the issue — debate moderator Candy Crowley just received a ringing endorsement from her boss.

According to an email distributed in the CNN office and obtained by TMZ, CNN Vice President Mark Whitaker spoke glowingly of Crowley and her performance. Whitaker also blamed “Romney supporters” for the criticism of Crowley.

Full text of the email (via TMZ):

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.

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