CNN's chief political correspondent, Candy Crowley, recently faced a severe backlash for correcting's comment during the second presidential debate Tuesday night. Now CNN has addressed the controversy, explaining that the mediator was merely “stating a point of fact” about the terror situation in Libya when she interjected Romney’s statement during the debate.
In an email, CNN explained that Candy Crowley was not mistaken when she corrected GOP candidate Mitt Romney during the second presidential debate. The channel’s managing editor, Mark Whitaker, also said that Presidentonly got more time in the debate than Romney because he speaks slowly.
Whitaker congratulated Crowley for her role as moderator in the controversial meeting and for siding with Obama over Romney on a question concerning the US Consulate attack in Libya last month.
According to TMZ, he wrote, “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.”
On Tuesday night, Mitt Romney asserted that a day after the Libya attack President Obama blamed an anti-Muslim clip for the tragedy rather than calling it an act of terrorism. Candy Crowley seemed to back up the president when she corrected the Republican governor that Obama did “call it an act of terror.”
After the incident, Romney supporters said Crowley had no right to intervene in the debate as she was supposed to behave like an impartial observer.
Addressing the storm of protest from Mitt Romney’s camp, which accused Crowley of stepping in on behalf of the president, Whitaker wrote, “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.”
He went on, “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 the president got more time to speak, Whitaker explained, “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.”