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Presidential Debate Commissioner: Picking Candy Crowley As a Moderator Was a Mistake

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:24 am

Welcome to the Republican echo chamber, commissioner!

Am I the only one who would have liked to hear him elaborate?


  1. picking any cnn propaganda whore would have been a mistake I think

    there’s nothing special about candy in this respect

    Comment by happyfeet (acd614) — 2/20/2013 @ 7:31 am

  2. How about selecting Brit Hume or Jake Tapper for moderator in 2016?

    Comment by aunursa (7014a8) — 2/20/2013 @ 7:33 am

  3. they should select somebody with integrity not a journalist

    Comment by happyfeet (acd614) — 2/20/2013 @ 7:34 am

  4. Crowley was prepared by the Demos before the debate. She knew exactly the reference Obama made.’

    It was a set up.

    Comment by AZ Bob (c11d35) — 2/20/2013 @ 7:42 am

  5. speaking of award winning “journalists”:
    Soledad pushed out at CNN

    High-profile morning anchor Soledad O’Brien is on her way out at CNN as new boss Jeff Zucker moves Erin Burnett into her morning slot, Page Six has exclusively learned.
    We’re told award-winning journalist O’Brien has indicated she is ready to leave after she was initially promised a plum prime-time slot, but that role has so far failed to materialize.

    A source tells us: “The deal to move Erin to the morning alongside Chris Cuomo is basically done. Soledad had been told she’d get a prime-time slot, but that hasn’t yet happened, and now she is telling friends she is likely to leave.”


    Comment by elissa (1363e7) — 2/20/2013 @ 7:46 am

  6. Oh, ‘for the love of pete’ Raddatz, spun the question before Biden even had to answer it, William Hurt in ;Altered States’, was less in the tank.

    Comment by narciso (3fec35) — 2/20/2013 @ 7:48 am

  7. the erin burnett chris cuomo pairing is very Glee I think

    Comment by happyfeet (acd614) — 2/20/2013 @ 7:51 am

  8. That makes her Lea Michele’s character, I don’t watch, I just hear of things.

    Comment by narciso (3fec35) — 2/20/2013 @ 7:55 am

  9. The question is:
    As they are currently formatted, just why should any Republican engage in a Presidential Debate?

    Comment by askeptic (b8ab92) — 2/20/2013 @ 8:39 am

  10. As they are currently formatted, just why should any Republican engage in a Presidential Debate?

    Because if they don’t, they’re cast as childish and intransigent.

    Just the opposite treatment from when, say, Obama led the boycott of the FoxNews debate in 2008.

    See how that works?

    Comment by beer 'n pretzels (6ef50f) — 2/20/2013 @ 10:10 am

  11. The “party spokesholes” need to start laying out the case for a serious reform of the Debate system NOW. This “revelation” by this commissioner is just the foundation that this effort for reform needs.
    If the system is so corrupt that it can’t be reformed, then it should be shunned.
    The GOP candidates in ’16 can create a primary debate system that is fair, and insist that the Prez Debate mimick it.
    There is no disgrace for not entering a corrupt contest if the battlefield is properly prepared.

    Comment by askeptic (b8ab92) — 2/20/2013 @ 10:15 am

  12. “There you go again!”

    Ronald Reagan was able to use the bias of the media to his advantage. So did Newt Gingrich, at least for a while.

    Comment by AZ Bob (7d2a2c) — 2/20/2013 @ 10:17 am

  13. “There you go again” was a response to one of Carter’s lame comments, but yes, Reagan had the media cowed. For a while.

    Comment by Kevin M (bf8ad7) — 2/20/2013 @ 3:18 pm

  14. I wonder if there was a deal that no one from Fox or MSNBC would participate. Leaving folks from the media’s purported “center”.

    Brit Hume would actually have been fair and astute in the foreign policy debate, and is the kind of person who would have objected to BS from either side.

    Comment by Kevin M (bf8ad7) — 2/20/2013 @ 3:21 pm

  15. Tony Snow would have made a great moderator.

    Comment by mg (31009b) — 2/20/2013 @ 3:42 pm

  16. Work up from the bottom;

    Comment by narciso (3fec35) — 2/20/2013 @ 3:57 pm

  17. They could always have Rush as the moderator – he would definitely be more even-handed than what we’ve seen from the MSM, and funnier.

    Comment by askeptic (2bb434) — 2/20/2013 @ 6:37 pm

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