During last night’s debate, we saw a brazen display of cheating. The most egregious instance was supposed Moderator Candy Crowley intervening with her little fact check (which turned out to be an inaccurate one) in blatant violation of debate rules:
"The moderator will not... intervene in the debate except to acknowledge the questioners from the audience or enforce the time limits, and invite candidate comments during the 2 minute response period."
I don’t know how many times Obama and Biden have lied during these debates. But not once has a moderator fact-checked them during the debate. Nor should they. The time for that is afterward, except for the candidates themselves who can and should fact-check each other. Candidates are to debate the facts with each other, not the moderator. Candidates are to give answers, not the moderator.
Last night was the last straw for me. I am fed up with these so-called moderators from the liberal news media. Hell, let’s give up the pretense that they are fair facilitators of debates. Let’s give the news media a podium right up there on stage and let them debate the Republican candidate right along with the Democrat. Because that is practically what really happened last night. It was blatant cheating that affected the debate, and it is an outrage.
And, by the way, in all three debates, Obama/Biden was given more time than Romney. And no wonder - the moderators keep interrupting Romney/Ryan. Some moderators.
“Moderator” Candy was not the only one who cheated last night. Michelle Obama applauded during the debate in clear violation of the clearly stated rules.
Thanks in large part to Candy, I consider the debate a draw. But judging from reactions from undecided voters on Fox and MSNBC, my evaluation may be too pessimistic.
Also, it is a good thing it is a long way to sunset. I may have a hard time not letting the sun go down on my anger on this one.
MORE: Crowley interrupted Romney28 times. She interrupted Obamajust 9.
Why the heck do we trust the “mainstream” news media to provide fair moderators for presidential debates? Oh, that’s right. We don’t. And Candy Crowley exemplifies why.