Conservatives call Crowley biased

As the right sees it, Candy Crowley is in the tank for Obama [UPDATED]

By Jillian Rayfield

Published October 17, 2012 4:18PM (EDT)

Candy Crowley was biased for Barack Obama, conservatives pundits say.

During the debate last night, Crowley called out Romney for his claim that President Obama didn't call the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi a terrorist attack for two weeks. In fact, Obama referred to it as an "act of terror" while campaigning in Colorado, two days after the attack took place.

John Sununu said after the debate: "The governor got blindsided a little bit by a moderator who incorrectly tried to affirm what the president said."

Fox News had the headline: "CNN’s Crowley first plays umpire, then joins Team Obama."

Rush Limbaugh said she "committed an act of journalistic terror or malpractice last night."

And Twitter reacted as well:

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Conservative bloggers also had their say.  Matthew Sheffield of Newsbusters wrote: “Candy Crowley is making a fool of herself, repeatedly intervening to save a floundering President Obama and showing why many Americans were rightfully suspicious of her ability to moderate a presidential debate fairly.”

And Thomas Lifson wrote on American Thinker: “Later fact checkers can clarify the dispute between the two men over Obama’s contention that his Rose Garden address on 9/12 called the Benghazi attack a terror attack. But moderator Candy Crowley entered the dispute, essentially calling Obama correct, the clearest indication of her bias.”

Then there were those who, before and after the debate, went a different route, and attacked Crowley on her weight:

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Jillian Rayfield

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at

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