Given the critical role that debates have played in this presidential cycle, it’s not surprising that so much attention has fallen, of late, on the moderators. Two weeks ago, PBS’s Jim Lehrer was roundly mocked for his failure to control the conversation between Governor Mitt Romney and President Obama. Now, CNN’s Candy Crowley is in the spotlight for her more forceful interjection during a discussion about the attacks on the US consulate in Benghazi.
When Romney, in finger-pointing prosecutorial mode, began advancing on Obama, insisting that the president was lying when he said he had called the attacks “acts of terror” on the very first morning, Crowley fact-checked him on the fly. She noted that Obama “did, in fact” use the word “terror” in a Rose Garden speech the day after the attacks, prompting Obama to say, “Can you say that a little louder, Candy?”