Media Research Center says its post-debate analysis confirms yet
again that conservatives were denied an unbiased moderator in the
latest head-to-head encounter between the two major-party
Analysis following the second presidential debate on Tuesday
(October 16) has some claiming Republican nominee Mitt Romney was
not only up against President Barack Obama, but the moderator as
well. Tim Graham with Media Research Center accuses moderator Candy
Crowley for siding with the president for much of the debate.
Crowley, anchor of State of the Union with Candy
Crowley and CNN's chief political reporter, moderated Tuesday
evening's contentious presidential debate. For Graham, director of
media analysis at MRC, the speculation Crowley would show
favoritism toward President Obama was confirmed by the conclusion
of the debate.
low moment was her - quote, unquote - 'correcting' Romney on the
Libya matters," he tells OneNewsNow. "And that's exactly the kind
of thing that make conservatives across America say We've been
denied a fair moderator yet again by the Commission on Presidential
Graham explains that Crowley's bias was further revealed in
regards to the audience participants she selected and questions
that were asked of the candidates.
"We found the questions tilted two-to-one again - that there
were six questions from the Obama agenda and three from Romney's,"
he explains. "This is the problem that we have: we get everyday
Americans who stand up and ask for gun control, ask for amnesty in
immigration, ask for feminist ideas about equal pay for women."
And it did not stop there, adds Graham, who cites another
question from the pro-Obama agenda. "The worst one of all of these
questions was [asked by] the one who stood up and said [basically]
You're too much like Bush, we don't want more Bush. I
don't even understand how that's an issue question."
The morning following the debate, Crowley defended her
performance and spontaneous fact-checking on The View
The candidates also sparred over suggestions Romney made
regarding a possible administration cover-up of events surrounding
the terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya. MRC believes
Crowley took the president's side in what it calls an example of
MRC president Brent Bozell is demanding the national media investigate why
Crowley was allowed to "validate [Obama's lie] by certifying it as
honest." If such media follow-up does not happen, he says "they
also will be guilty of enabling a massive cover-up."
Bozell adds: "Crowley robbed tens of millions of Americans
of the truth on national primetime television. Real journalists --
who were fed the Obama administration's Libya lies for two weeks --
should be furious."