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That’s Debatable!

The Bipartisan Policy Center led a conversation Tuesday night at the Newseum with prominent journalists PBS’s Judy WoodruffGwen Ifill, and CNN’s Candy Crowley, who have all been on the front lines of election coverage this cycle.  They chatted about the upcoming election and their groundbreaking experiences on the campaign trail.
Crowley, who co-hosted the second and more tumultuous of the three debates, said, “I commit acts of journalism everyday, it just comes naturally to me.”  She added, “I think if Romney didn’t have the debate he had in the first round, we wouldn’t be where we are today. Woodruff remarked, “We are one of the few places on the planet that can change our leadership without drawing a gun or blood.”
Um, not so fast Woodruff… Read more

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

WHAT THE HELL? “Why Nikki, is that a debate moderator on your shoulder?” — The Washington Examiner‘s gossip scribe Nikki Schwab talking to herself with a miniature CNN’s Candy Crowley on her shoulder. So much weirdness here we don’t know where to begin.

Reporter gets “super insidery”

“In super insidery stuff, Steve Scalise brushing back against RSC founders, taking his chairmanship bid to full body.” — Politico‘s super insidery Jake Sherman, linking to this super insidery story.

In other “disgusting” news…

“The disgusting Romney burger (lobster, hollandaise) has SURGED to a lead over the disgusting Obama burger (hot dog, relish) in BGR’s sweeps.” — The Atlantic‘s Molly Ball.

Priorities.

“I was going to watch the third party debate, but then I realize that I’ll be dead one day and don’t want to waste my life.” — Slate‘s Dave Weigel.

Lucky dog!

“Literally only one other dude on my flight from LGA to Columbus tonight. Closest I get to flying private.” — Politico‘s Ben White.

Journo finds power of love

“Definitely rocking out to Huey Lewis & the News’ ‘Power of Love’ at my desk.” — National Journal “The Hotline’s” Chris Peleo-Lazar.

Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.

CBS’ Bob Schieffer: Most Unmolested Mod?

Of the four debate moderators this election year, CBS News’s Bob Schieffer by far has been the least criticized.

PBS’s Jim Lehrer was thrown to the dogs by Democrats and their supporters for coming off as a pushover and seeming to let GOP Candidate Mitt Romney call the shots in the first debate. ABC News’ Martha Raddatz was hit by the right for not putting a muzzle on Veep Joe Biden‘s toothy grin. And for several days CNN’s Candy Crowley was blasted by Team Romney for her real-time fact checking in the second presidential debate.

With Schieffer, Romney didn’t do the tit-for-tat rule rattling he gained a reputation for in previous debates. (Though he tried once and backed down immediately when Schieffer told him he’d already had his turn.) President Obama wasn’t heard repeating, “Bob. Bob. Bob” as he did with Crowley’s name while trying to interrupt her.

So what gives? Is Schieffer just that awesome of a moderator? Did he outclass the others in pedigree?

Take our Fish Poll below. We’ll post the results tomorrow.

Ask Piranhamous Anything

Today we have another installment of: “Ask Piranhamous Anything.” And we do mean anything. Send your queries to FishbowlDC@mediabistro.com. This isn’t an advice column — Piranhamous doesn’t know what the hell you should do with your life any more than you do — and worse, he doesn’t care. Try to keep your questions short — we want to keep this fun, simple and insightful.

1. What did you think of CNN’s Candy Crowley in this week’s debate…and, should her weight be a topic of discussion online or anywhere?

It was about what I expected, and what she projected. She wanted to be a part of the show and she was. The most telling moment I found was when she said if she let Romney keep talking at one point she’d be “run out of town.” Romney was about to smack down Obama, and she saved him. And should her weight be an issue anywhere? No more than her opinions should’ve been. As it stands, the scales, so to speak, are about even.

2. Do you think David Corn‘s career will be furthered by him getting the scoop on that 47 percent video?

The guy is writing for Mother Jones after working for legitimate outlets in the past, so in one respect, there’s nowhere to go but up. On the other hand, there’s a reason he’s now reduced to writing for Mother Jones and pushing a video that was more hype than substance, so I don’t expect a return to mattering for Mr. Corn. But, like his namesake you eat, he has a weird way of popping back up when you least expect it after going through a bunch of shit, so you never know.

Question #3: See Piranhamous’ radical advice for CNN… Read more

What Kind of Candy Best Reps Candy?

This week we asked readers to choose between different types of candy to describe the performance of debate moderator CNN’s Candy Crowley on Tuesday night. (Why can’t all polls be this brilliant?) We asked readers to choose among the Jolly Rancher (sweet, sour and an all around ass kicker), Milk Duds (a dud, unfair), the Blow Pop (hard on outside, gum on inside, ie. all things to all people) and Snow Caps (black and white and pro-Obama).

And here’s what you told us.

A predominant 42.2 percent of you declared that Snow Caps best reflect Crowley’s debate behavior. In other words, you said, she’s in the tank for President Obama. Second place goes to the Jolly Rancher — 30.37 percent of you think the world of her. The lowest score (11.8 percent) was for the Blow Pop, which indicated she was imminently fair and all things to all people.

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

“John Feehery, in a strange way you have a point.” — MSNBC’s Chris Matthews on Hardball Wednesday in the rare instance when he concedes anything. Feehery works at Quinn Gillespie & Associates and regularly appears on the program.

Goddamn deep thoughts with Byron Tau

“Man, it’s only been 17 days since the last goddamn fundraising deadline. Too. Goddamn. Soon.” — Politico‘s Byron Tau.

Anonymous Tips from the past 48 hours1. “Mormon men do not think of women as equals, butt [sic] subject to them, so he will never approve equal pay.” 2. “Romney puts women in binders and dogs on the roof of his car.”

The Jokester: “Binder? I hardly know her! :-) ” — Democratic blogger John Aravosis.

From the Dept. of Bragiculture…

“So I am now officially Chief Economic Correspondent for POLITICO. But you can just call me ‘chief’ or ‘dude.’” — Politico‘s Ben White. We’re just relieved he resorted to ALL CAPS for our viewing pleasure. Congratulations Ben!

Commenter to the rescue! A reader calling himself (or herself) “Coconut” under FBDC’s Peter Ogburn‘s story on anti-Candy Crowley stories dominating right wing news sites Wednesday: “Candy you did an excellent job!!! Retards get over yourselves!”

The Observer

“You could say Lance Armstrong is having a pretty bad news CYCLE –> sadtrombone.com” — ABC News reporter Matt Negrin. Get it?

Reporter survives on Guinness

“I’ve been up since since 3a.m. One Guinness, and I feel like I could go another 24.” — The Washington Examiner‘s David Freddoso.

Quote Taken Out of Context

“Ana Marie Cox, let’s put it this way– they are cork-heel orange satin slingback pumps with white polka dots. They are audacious.” — GOProud Advisory Board Member Liz Mair.

Journo hailed as “national treasure”

“‘@BresPolitico is a national treasure,” an influential reader emails.’ That was awesome.” — Politico‘s James Hohmann referring to his colleague, John Bresnahan.

Congrats to Nick Massella who has been hired by BrandLinkDC, a public relations and marketing firm that engages reporters around town. He begins his new job as Public Relations Manager on Oct. 29.

Eddie Scarry contributed to this report.

Conservative Outlets Not So Sweet on Candy

The winner of Tuesday night’s debate isn’t quite as clear as the last time Barack Obama and Mitt Romney met. Both sides of the political aisle have spent the day debating who won. One thing is clear: Conservatives did not care for Candy Crowley. In MOST cases, the party that blames the moderator is usually the party that lost. Crowley inserted herself into the Libya argument by throwing an assist to Obama and saying that he did call the attack in Libya a “act of terror” the day after it happened when Romney said that he did not. Obama did say those words that day, but it’s the context that has everyone riled up. Crowley didn’t do herself any favors by saying that Romney was “right in the main. I just think he picked the wrong word.”

This opened the floodgates for conservative pundits and pubs to swoop in and come after Crowley in a fast and furious manner. (They talked about that last night, too. That’s a WHOLE different story.) In the aftermath, the Daily Caller ‘s links for Wednesday had a one-track mind. In fact, four out of the top five stories on their website featured damning critiques on Crowley.

They aren’t alone. Breitbart has two stories up today about Crowley showing favoritism to Obama. Leading the pack on anti-Crowley stories, however, is Newsbusters. Since the debate, they have run 11 stories on Candy’s job as moderator. I think I might get diabetes taking in all that Candy.

Candy Interruptus

Don’t have enough stress in your life? Try watching this incredibly tense video compilation from NowThis News in which they document all the ways in which President Obama and Mitt Romney interrupt CNN’s Candy Crowley.

It’s aptly called “Candy, Interrupted.”

Might want to schedule a massage before you watch.

Press Tackles Uneasy Subject of Candy’s Weight

Given that CNN Candy Crowley appears on national TV on a regular basis, it’s inevitable that she faces any and all kinds of comments about her appearance. But this is the second time that her looks, more specifically, her weight, have received widespread attention online within three years.

New York magazine has a Twitter roundup of the criticism of tonight’s presidential debate moderator– pointedly, observations about her weight. They include the following nasty missives.

“Hope you & your big fat over weight ass have the courage to stand up to Obama and ask him some tough questions at debate,” said one asshole.

“Candy Crowley is a disgusting liberal pig,” said another. “Why in the fuck is her fat ass moderating the debate Tuesday night?”

And a third: “If the leftist fat slob Monica Crowley is meant to be a fair moderator, why not Rush Limbaugh, Barry Farber, etc.?”

It’s not necessarily a journalist thing or even a sexist thing. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was and still is often talked about in terms of his girth.

Nonetheless, DoubleThink‘s J.P. Freire says there’s a difference. “Christie isn’t judged purely by his appearance,” Freire told FishbowlDC. “In many ways, being large is an asset to a man where it most certainly isn’t considered so for a woman. And let’s be clear too: Christie has joked about his appearance.” He added, “The point is, let’s get past this superficial nonsense and just recognize that it takes strength and talent to get to where these people are. Now pass me some more cheese.”

TheGrio’s Joy Reid went on the offensive for Crowley. “Candy Crowley attacked about her weight by unpleasant right wingers on Twitter,she wrote in a tweet last night. “Stay classy, #tcot!” The hashtag Reid included is a call out to the “top conservatives on Twitter,” who were among Crowley’s harshest critics.

LAT‘s James Rainey wrote a whole column on Crowley’s weight in 2009. After some Google-browsing, Rainey noticed a fair amount of blog posts that referenced Crowley’s weight loss. So he asked her about it. From the column:

[A] few days after I first made contact, the veteran of eight presidential campaigns agreed it might be worth talking, a little, about her new incarnation. She wanted to thank the many fans who have been e-mailing to express their admiration. And she wanted to knock down a few myths.

So here it is, straight up and on the record: There has been no Lap-Band. No gastric bypass. No surgery at all. Rather, Crowley said, she has been dieting, swimming and working out, sometimes with a trainer, since last December.

At the time, Crowley told Rainey she feels “great physically” and that she’s “lighter now in a lot of ways,” thanks to taking up transcendental meditation.

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

“The tweeties. What are they called? They were blowing up today.” — Actress Rosie Perez on MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow Show” last night in reference to Twitter.

Oh no he didn’t.

“For the record, Candy pronounces her last name wrong.” — TIME‘s Michael Crowley referring to CNN’s Candy Crowley, moderator of tonight’s presidential debate.

Speaking of Candy…

“Modern campaigns are endless exercises in caution and cowardice. This Candy episode is only the latest example. Toughen up, folks.” — Reuters’ Sam Youngman. In other Youngman news...”With 22 days to go, I need a haircut, some clean clothes and a Keith Richards-style blood change. It don’t get no funner though.”

The Observer

“You know what I think is really screwed up? The number of people commenting on a reporter’s physical appearance. Learn some manners.” — DoubleThink‘s J.P. Freire, disgusted after reading negative comments about Candy Crowley’s weight online. He told FishbowlDC, “Saw a few tweets about it that were so upsetting — and from men too. One thing I’ll never get is some men’s willingness to offer commentary on a woman’s physical appearance as though (a) they’re qualified judges given their own defects (b) they have any taste to brag about (c) they think all a woman has to offer is her looks and (d) anyone would care after such statements. Anyway I was just being indignant.”

Perks: “Nutella giveaway at the Metro. Breakfast of champions” — The Atlantic‘s Brian Fung.

Wisdom is…

“Even the most contrite confession is incomplete without penance, reparation. Our political class needs to learn that — both parties.” — Washington Examiner‘s David Freddoso.

Recipe for a five car pileup

“Surreal. I’m driving and just heard the @washtimes radio ad about me for the first time.” — TWT Senior Op-ed writer Emily Miller.

Journo speaks of computer like it’s human

“There’s something so poignant about my laptop installing updates as I’m about to get rid of it. The poor thing has no idea.” — The Atlantic‘s Molly Ball.

 

 

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