October 17, 2012 5 Comments
Candy Crowley’s performance at last night’s debate confirms everything negative conservatives have ever said about the media. At all three debates the Democrat has been allowed to speak longer than the Republican. In the case of Cowley, she let Obama speak 9% longer than Romney. Crowley interrupted Romney 28 times to Obama’s 9 times. Amazingly Obama is the one who whined about being interrupted, sarcastically talking about being used to interruptions. In case you think that’s because Romney was being rude or talking to much please refer to Obama speaking 9% longer than Romney. Crowley consistently cut Romney off before he made major points, she did so on taxes and she wanted no part of Romney’s discussion of Fast and Furious.
Crowley of course was worse than all of this. During the discussion of Benghazi she agreed with Obama that he had called the Ambassador’s killing terrorism all along. She basically told Romney he was wrong. After the debate Crowley admitted she was wrong but took the opportunity to blame Romney anyway because he “used the wrong word.” What nonsense. In reality Obama didn’t call the Benghazi incident a terrorist act until two weeks after it happened. The day after he spoke in the Rose Garden and never once called Benghazi a terrorist act. After his Rose Garden speech, Obama told the UN the attack was the result of a riot caused by an anti-Islam video. He said the same thing on The View and during a Univision interview. Crowley was flat out wrong and Obama lied.
Candy Crowley had no business fact checking anyone during this debate. Especially so when she isn’t absolutely certain that she’s right. While Michelle Obama was clapping away (how inappropriate can this woman get?) and the biased audience erupts in cheers, all because of Crowley’s act, the American people didn’t get to see that Crowley wasn’t even in the ballpark of right. This is why people don’t trust the media, it’s why the press has favorable ratings almost as low as Congress. People see the bias, they saw how Crowley treated Romney, they saw how he was interrupted and many people won’t like it one bit.
It only gets worse for the media. At the media center during the debate press row cheered when Obama attacked Romney’s wealth. The notion that we have an objective, unbiased press has completely fallen apart during the Obama years. The media is clearly in the bag for the President, whether we see it in biased questions, terrible debate moderators or reports of cheering when Obama makes a point, the media is clearly one sided. Then they wonder why they’re accused of bias, they wonder why people don’t trust them then they wax poetic about the “good” old days when people were limited to three liberal networks and one liberal local newspaper.
If you’re Obama, on one hand you have to love the bias actions of Candy Crowley. She made sure there were questions asked that favor him (think the anti-Bush question and the feminist questions) while she avoided topics that hurt him (think Obamacare which remains unpopular). When Romney wanted to talk about Fast and Furious, Crowley cut him off. Obama had to be thrilled. But on the other hand Crowley’s one sided and incorrect actions on Benghazi will place Obama’s lie in the forefront for the better part of a news cycle.
Obama’s lie about his Rose Garden speech would have been forgotten by everyone but Romney supporters today. Instead, the media is being forced to discuss Obama’s lie in the context of attacks on Crowley. Benghazi would have been just another in a long list of background noise issues that people would have talked about today. That certainly would have been good for Obama because he flat out lied about his treatment of the situation. Now Benghazi is a focal point thanks to Crowley and her ridiculous one sided, partisan interjection into the debate. Media bias is alive and well, it’s only going to get worse from here.