The Daily Show host kicked off last night with the rebound of Barack Obama in the second Presidential debate. Jon Stewart gave particular attention to the way the now-engaged incumbent (and tonight’s Daily Show guest) handled rival Mitt Romney’s assertion that he did not immediately call last month’s Benghazi attack on U.S. diplomats “an act of terror.” Then there was the way the media reacted to the debate, especially moderator Candy Crowley’s performance. For that Fox News Channel got special attention. Watch the video here:
The CNN chief political correspondent went on The View today to debrief after moderating last night’s second Presidential debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney. Candy Crowley said she understands if people have an issue with her on-the-fly fact-checking of the candidates, especially over when Obama first acknowledged the fatal attack on U.S. diplomats in Benghazi was a terrorist act. She took Romney to task on that one. Check out the interview here:
2ND UPDATE: CNN’s Candy Crowley held her ground, showing that the newswomen aren’t the pushovers that Jim Lehrer was. And it wasn’t easy: both candidates arrived ready for what turned into a raucous 90 minutes. But even some Fox News Channel analysts tonight are conceding that President Obama grabbed the advantage. (They also claim Mitt Romney received 3 less minutes of speaking time.) That said, the loser was the shocking lack of diversity in the Long Island town hall. But the biggest loser is FNC which is deliberately cutting short the clip of that ‘Rose Garden’ debate moment and not showing Crowley’s fact-check of Romney on the Libya attack. Every other news channel is showing the full exchange.
This is a victory for three New Jersey high school students who launched a petition drive calling for a woman to moderate a presidential debate. It’s the first time this has happened since ABC’s Carole Simpson posed questions to former President George H.W. Bush, and his challengers Bill Clinton and Ross Perot in 1992. But Crowley will have a limited role in the way her session goes. It will be conducted as a town hall where vetted audience members ask most of the questions. The Commission On Presidential Debates unveiled its plan this morning. Each meeting will run from 9:00-10:30 PM ET. There’ll be no opening statements by the candidates, but each can make a two-minute closing statement. There are some tweaks from previous debates that “are designed to focus big time blocks on major domestic and foreign topics,” CPD co-chairmen Frank Fahrenkopf and Michael McCurry said. The group will also lead an Internet project designed to help voters understand the issues, and recommend topics to the moderators. Here’s the run-down: