Via Politico – The town-hall debate is the one presidential face-off in which the audience gets to ask the questions. But don’t tell that to moderator Candy Crowley.
Like any journalist worthy of the assignment, Crowley concedes that the debate on Tuesday night isn’t about her, but she just as eagerly acknowledges her role in it.
“I understand that I’m there. I’m not a fly on the wall,” she told POLITICO recently. “We don’t want the candidates to spout talking points. That doesn’t help voters … I’m going to react organically to what’s happening.”
In a move that has unnerved both campaigns, Crowley, the host of CNN’s “State of the Union,” is indicating she intends to play an active role in a debate meant to be dictated by an audience of independent voters.
“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?’,” Crowley told CNN earlier this month.
My Take: This is what happens when you, once again, have liberals changing the rules mid-stream to consider themselves more important than who they really are. Candy Crowley has decided to make this debate about her and both of the campaigns are actually not happy about it. Journalist today, especially on CNN and MSNBC have strayed away from being protectors of free speech, becoming the trumpet for the Obama administration policies and weekly news dumps.
I am sure that you have heard how Candy interviews Democrats and Republicans. It’s actually sickening and unfair in many individual’s eyes but she keeps her job. I will be watching her make a complete joke of herself tomorrow night. I hope you will be too. FYI: Crowley’s aggressive approach is not without precedent. During 2008’s town-hall debate, NBC’s Tom Brokaw re-worded many of the questions from the audience, and was criticized for it.