At last night’s debate, moderator Candy Crowley went into full “fact check” mode to help out President Obama out of a jam during questioning about the Benghazi attack:

In late September Crowley herself said the administration didn’t claim it was a terrorist attack for 17 days. Didn’t Crowley remember Obama doing just that (she claims) the day after? Or was she helpfully provided with that talking point reminder before the debate?

Oh, and here’s the good part. After her daring mid-debate “fact check smackdown” on Romney while some of the audience erupted in applause (a crowd of “undecided” voters?), Crowley admitted Romney was right:

Mediaite adds this about Crowley: “She went on to say that her instinct forced her to correct Romney even though his ‘thrust’ was correct.”

“Instinct” is just another word for “bias” I assume.

In debate number three next week, to avoid parsing over the meaning of Obama’s words the day after Benghazi, here’s the question Romney should hammer home that won’t leave Obama (or the moderator for that matter) any wiggle room: “If you (Obama) said it was an act of terror the day after the attack, why were your Press Secretary and the US ambassador to the UN several days later still blaming it on spontaneous anger over a video? Didn’t they believe you?”

Even Crowley couldn’t bail Obama out of that one… not that she wouldn’t try.

Update: From a Jay Carney press gaggle on September 20, nine days after the attack and eight days after we’re supposed to believe President Obama proclaimed the Benghazi attack to be a planned terrorist event:

Q. So just to clarify, does the President see that it was an attack on 9/11, a terrorist attack on 9/11? Is that the administration or the President’s view?

MR. CARNEY: The attack occurred on September 11, 2012. So we use the same calendar at the White House that you do, and, yes, he sees it. I will simply point you to the testimony of Mr. Olsen, in which he said, based on the information that they have now — and this is an ongoing investigation — their judgment is that it was an opportunistic attack in which elements including, possibly, elements of al Qaeda in the Maghreb, participated.

Does that scream “definitely a planned terrorist attack” to you?


27 Responses to “Candy Crowley Admits Romney Was Right; Made Honorary NFL Replacement Ref”

  1. Obama bin Biden on October 17th, 2012 11:55 am

    Candy Crowley was the inspiration for twin beds.

  2. archer on October 17th, 2012 12:08 pm

    Crowley in CNN vid:

    Not a happy face on a happy camper. Didn’t want to be there attempting to defend herself and having to admit bias induced screw-up.

    Keeps searching in her mind, by speaking slowly, for lesser impactful words that convey a lesser reality of an admission of wrongdoing. Feigned not remembering the “terrorist” quote. Changes subject and attempts to get the focus on “jobs” and “debt crisis” to diminish her foolishness and bias. Uses voice inflections rather than words to project an apology.

    Would not want to be the kickable dog waiting for her at home.

  3. Truesoldier__ on October 17th, 2012 12:18 pm

    My question is, what kind of sanctions is the debate commission going to take against her and against CNN (her employer) for her performance last night? Between covering for Obama, open bias and her blowing off the debate agreement in general there needs to be consequences or else we will see other moderators do the same thing.

    I would love to see the debate commission bar her and all CNN commentators from moderating a debate for the next two presidential elelction cycles. This would send a clear message that actions like this will not be tolerated, not to mention it would help the credibility of the debate commission in general.

  4. Obama bin Biden on October 17th, 2012 12:34 pm

    She'll be banned from the CNN buffet table for a week.

  5. Truesoldier__ on October 17th, 2012 12:43 pm

    I would be surprised if even that happened. I fiugre she will end up being awarded a Pulitzer Prize for her moderation performance.

  6. sizemorew on October 17th, 2012 1:06 pm

    It seems someone got caught with her hand in the cookie jar and she's trying to save her butt.

    This tweet from last night was rather prophetic: "If Crowley turns out to have been wrong about Obama calling it an 'act of terror' within a day, her journalistic credibility is shot." (h/t to Twitchy).

  7. sizemorew on October 17th, 2012 1:08 pm

    I'm going to put in the cynical vote that the debate commission will do absolutely nothing. There will be no consequences and more moderators of questionable-at-best integrity will be allowed to pull this kind of crap and worse.

  8. Truesoldier__ on October 17th, 2012 1:17 pm

    For anyone who is interested, here is the contact information for the debate commission:

  9. backwoodsconsr on October 17th, 2012 1:22 pm

    A replacement ref or an offensive lineman?

  10. SignPainterGuy on October 17th, 2012 2:33 pm

    If Candy had THAT "fact check" handy, I`ll bet she had a file of many others as well. She was prepared to help Teh One n Done any way possible !

  11. Truesoldier__ on October 17th, 2012 2:41 pm

    And that is only going to hurt the media not help Obama.

  12. SignPainterGuy on October 17th, 2012 4:26 pm

    People saying Obama won last night must be total brain-dead O`Bots AND they watched a different debate than I saw !

    Gallup shows R 51% – O 45%. >>GALLUP<< !!!! (Drudge)

    Wolf Blister read polls showing Mitt ahead on all areas of preference 51-59% to O`s 39-44%. He must be apoplectic. But Andrew Sullivan is "elated" !

    RE; Update; I`ve lost count, is this tripling down ? Or quad-quint-sept-tillion-downing on the "it was terrorism, but caused by the movie spontaneously" indefinite definitivity !?!? And anyone still believes this admin. can run the country properly !?

    STOP THE WORLD !! I want to get off !

  13. SignPainterGuy on October 17th, 2012 4:38 pm

    Yeah, they`re at the hub where the spinning is slower; I`m on the periphery where I`m about to gommit ! ;-)

  14. SignPainterGuy on October 17th, 2012 4:43 pm

    There`s a cartoon (at TownHall ?) showing Obama standing with a herd of sheeple at the precipice of the fiscal cliff. He tells them, "Don`t worry, 4 years worth of lemmings will cushion your fall !"

    Notice he says "your fall" !

  15. Truesoldier__ on October 17th, 2012 4:44 pm

    If we sent this administration to space they could create an artificial gravity field with the spin they possess.

  16. Truesoldier__ on October 17th, 2012 4:47 pm

    In other debate news…Biden is still out there trying to defend his smirking during the VP debate. I am guessing the internal polling is showing just how bad that really was for Team Obama:

  17. SignPainterGuy on October 17th, 2012 4:48 pm

    There`d be no worry of their heads exploding (ala, years of old syfy movies), there`s a vacuum in their heads – it would equal out in space !

  18. SignPainterGuy on October 17th, 2012 4:50 pm

    Benghazi-Gate is still big in the news as well, despite their trying to call it not an issue…….. or is that "settled news" ?

  19. Truesoldier__ on October 17th, 2012 4:53 pm

    Which is why the whole deal last night with Crowley lying for Obama last night was bad juju for Obama. Now people will be looking at it closer than ever leading up to the foreign policy debate next week and Obama will not be able to lie his way out of what he, and his administration said, in regards to Benghazi.

  20. Truesoldier__ on October 17th, 2012 4:54 pm

    Got to make room for all the "new voters" he will import from other countries if he is re-elected.

  21. SignPainterGuy on October 17th, 2012 5:00 pm

    Aah; it all makes sense now ! ;-)

  22. SignPainterGuy on October 17th, 2012 5:06 pm

    True and truer still !

    I guess I must withdraw my prediction that Zero would skip out on the 3rd debate ! It looks as though the Benghazi attacks may have been the precursor to the "crisis" that couldn`t be allowed to go to waste and would have required Barry`s undivided attention, aka; laser-like focus !

    That ship has been blown outta the water in full view of lots of investigators ! There`s video and audio ! Heh ! Lots of it !

  23. Truesoldier__ on October 17th, 2012 5:08 pm

    So you are saying that Obama finally found something he will actually be able to blame a video on without it being a lie?

  24. Truesoldier__ on October 17th, 2012 6:18 pm

    The WaPo has more on the contradictions of Team Obama:

    The more Obama tries to deflect Benghazi the deeper into it he gets.

  25. SignPainterGuy on October 17th, 2012 9:10 pm

    Yeah, unless Poppin` Jay can come up with a way to explain how the live feed from the Benghazi Consulate were bounced off a couple satellites, routed thru Canada and Mexico before the NorKs "edited" it to remove all the protesters around the embassy. Can`t trust those NorKs !

  26. SignPainterGuy on October 17th, 2012 9:21 pm

    At BEST, Barry`s RG speech included the mention of terror attacks only in the generic sense. With so little in the way of security forces on hand at the time, any kind of attack would have been "terrifying", had it been protesters for some reason suddenly emboldened, or 50 baboons coming over the walls !

    This may well be the end for Barry & Co. He ain`t gettin` outta this`n ! It`s lies compounding lies and more lies and clear-cut incompetence AND dereliction of duties on so many fronts !

  27. Marshall_Will on October 17th, 2012 10:54 pm


    Makes for sound reasoning. What even MADE their bias 'in play' this go round was that McLame was soundly defeated in '08 and the flood of O'mania was sweeping the O'nation, no real measure of bias in those debates was even necessary!

    Leaving it perfectly positioned in their arsenal for '12.

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