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letters | WEIGHING IN ON ISSUES OF PRESIDENTIAL RACE

Moderator overstepped in ‘fact-check moment’

 Republican Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama squared off in the second presidential debate Tuesday, which was moderated by Candy Crowley.

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Republican Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama squared off in the second presidential debate Tuesday, which was moderated by Candy Crowley.

Re “In fact-check moment, Crowley didn’t overstep” (Editorial, Oct. 18): Whether you’re a liberal or a conservative, it is beyond doubt that moderator Candy Crowley stepped way over the line with her “fact-check moment” at Tuesday’s debate.

First, she is substantively wrong. Yes, President Obama did utter the phrase “acts of terror” at the end of his speech the day after the Benghazi attack, but in context it was a throwaway line at the end of his remarks and was not made in reference to either the attacks on either the US consulate in Benghazi or the US embassy in Cairo.

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Second, anyone could see that her forcefully interjected “fact-check” changed the momentum of the debate in favor of Obama, and clearly overshadowed Crowley’s meek follow-up remark that Mitt Romney was substantively correct. It is a fact that for many days following the Benghazi attack and the murder of Ambassador Christopher Stevens, the Obama administration continued to peddle the nonsense that the attack was a spontaneous riot spurred by the release of an anti-Mohammed video.

Charles T. Manuel

Beverly

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