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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.

 

 

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day


ENGAGED! My beautiful bride to be @augstums, and me, in Aspen.” — Todd Harris, media consultant and GOP political strategist.

The Observer: Did Rich Lowry have a manicure?

“Anyone else disturbed by Rich Lowry’s nails? You think they’re always that done or did he just gussy them up for #MeetThePress?” — Miss Spot.

Self-appointed media critics

“That was the interview? Well, at least Breaking Bad is on tonight.” — WSJ‘s Neil King.

“Takeaway from 60 Minutes interview: Romney and Ryan have a clear rapport with one another. Romney less antsy than during other interviews.” — The Hill‘s Managing Editor Bob Cusack.

“The 60 Minutes interview with Romney/Ryan: Bromancing the White House.” — Syndicated op-ed columnist and Editor-in-Chief of Soapblox Tina Dupuy.

“One major problem is that Paul Ryan speaks so f—ing fast, tough to transcribe.” — HuffPost‘s Sam Stein.

“Just For Men has apparently perfected robotic hair color#Watching60MinutesAds #PiningforTivodelay” — TPM‘s Evan McMorris-Santoro.

Coming to his rescue…

“Haha, @RichLowry totally nailed @maddow on her answer. Don’t know why she pretends to be an innocent bystander in politics.” — WMAL Exec. Producer Heather Smith.

But wait, not so fast…

“If Rachel Maddow broke Rich Lowry’s nose right now, that would be the best thing NBC has aired in months.” — Chuck Sudo, a Chicago viewer.

Mom’s verbiage makes editor uncomfortable

“My mother is referring to her flip-flops as ‘thongs.’ This makes me uncomfortable.” — HuffPost Deputy Editor Erin Ruberry.

Journo gets drunk

“Haven’t had this much to drink in a long time. My brain feels fuzzy and that feeling is awesome.” — WaPo page designer Tim Wong.

And another is on his way…

“Vacation cocktail #1″ — TPM‘s Brian Beutler.

Hungover Boybander sure loves his band mates

“I’m hungover in coffee shop so you’ll have to Google the links but@ezraklein@daveweigel wrote excellent pieces on politics of Ryan pick.” — Wired.com’s Spencer Ackerman.

A date to remember

“Me and my baby boo @THERealLyndaDC enjoying a hot date@FSWashington with each other!” — Paul Wharton Style’s Paul Wharton and ex-Real Housewives of Washington star Lynda Erkletian.

Romney VP news added work for journos

“I know I said I was sleeping in today but how abt a lil Romney veep pick special w/ @wolfblitzer instead?” — CNN’s Brianna Keilar.

Reporter’s aunt was confused

“One of my liberal aunts went to a Ryan town hall last year. Left there wanting Ryan as Obama’s VP.” — The Weekly Standard‘s John McCormack.

Enthusiasm is…

“Cannot succinctly explain the adrenaline rush and stress of producing four hours of breaking news coverage. Or maybe I can: Awesome. #CNN” — Jeff Simon, Assoc. Producer for “State of the Union” With Candy Crowley. We don’t want to worry about Simon too much, but later on in the weekend, he added, “Entering delirium. I feel like I was deep in REM and someone called me and asked me to explain quantum mechanics. Need to snap out of it.”

Uh oh.

“And now I hear I am selling iPADS. My account has been hacked. What do I do about this? Anybody?” — Washington Examiner‘s Mark Tapscott.

What’s Ric Grenell Tweeting?

Ric Grenell, the short-lived foreign policy adviser to the Mitt Romney campaign, spends a lot of time tweeting, especially to send out sassy quips to journalists and news outlets. Last month he went on the attack against BuzzFeed‘s Michael Hastings for his coverage of the President Obama campaign, calling Hastings an “Obama sympathizer.”

Grenell’s angst is far-reaching in the world of news media. Just look at all the trash-talking he did in less than 24 hours.

This morning Grenell took a shot at Politico‘s media reporter Dylan Byers for a post Byers did on political columnist Glenn Greenwald‘s move from Salon to The Guardian. “Not a single critique of the left, Greenwald or Salon in that piece,” Grenell wrote of the post, which was straightforward in its reporting by any measure (mine).

In response to a tweet from Mediaite that simply linked to a clip of Jon Stewart on The Daily Show, Grenell said, “You tweeted a ‘Stewart Rips Romney’ link recently. Is this a new series for Mediaite?” The clip was more Stewart mocking conservatives in media rather than Romney himself. Further, Mediaite, along with countless other blogs that cover media, regularly pulls bits from The Daily Show. Shockingly, almost on a daily basis.

Grenell’s tweets aren’t all fiery, though. Again this morning he tweeted a compliment to CNN’s Candy Crowley. “We need more reporters like Candy Crowley covering the presidential race. Smart, tough and always fair,” he said.

Back to the spicy. Over a two-hour span of time last night, Grenell went after ReutersSam Youngman for a story he did that didn’t acknowledge a new national NYT/CBS News poll that showed Romney with a slight lead in the election. Or rather, Youngman didn’t acknowledge the poll until the third paragraph.

More of Grenell’s Youngman aggression from last night:

  • “Washington media types love to quote the NewYorkTimes until the NYT has a poll showing Romney up. Then silence. Que more Romney tax stories.”
  • “You want evidence of Washington’s media bias? new poll shows Romney up and Reuters leads with 3 paragraphs on Mitt’s taxes!”
  • “Shhh don’t tell Reuters’ Sam Youngman.” (here Grenell retweeted a link to the NYT/CBS News poll)

Youngman responded, “I wouldn’t have led with someone else’s poll. Sorry we didn’t get to work together. Good luck to you, sir.”

Candy Crowley to Moderate Senate Debate

CNN host Candy Crowley will moderate a Virginia Senate debate in a couple of weeks at the Virginia Bar Association’s statewide meeting. The debate will feature U.S. Senate candidates George Allen (R) and Tim Kaine (D). CNN will use some of the material from the debate in her “State of the Union” program on Sunday, July 22.

The debate will take place on July 21 at The Homestead in Hot Springs, Va. Media may attend and cover but they must register here.

Morning Reading List 5.14.12

Will the film ever get off the ground? Politico‘s Patrick Gavin brings us the story of Norman Kelley‘s plan to make a documentary about Charlie Peters, former founder and editor of The Washington Monthly, which is now bimonthly. But will the film ever come to fruition? So far the film has raised $1,685 and they need $15,000. By today. And this is Kelley’s big sell of Peters: “Charlie Peters is not a sexy guy,” Kelley told Politico. “He’s not a sexy subject. … It’s just hard to raise money on a film about a guy from the past. … It’s hard raising money for a documentary film if you’re not Ken Burns or Michael Moore, particularly about a journalist who’s not a sexy journalist on one of the television talk shows.” Read the full story here. Publish time: 4:36 a.m.

Arianna discusses philandering father – Mother’s Day brings up poignant memories. HuffPost-AOL Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington penned an op-ed in the NYT over the weekend. It’s called “Greek Tragedy.” In her walk down memory lane in Athens, she recalls her father’s unsuccessful attempt to own a newspaper as well as his cheating habit. “It wasn’t the bankruptcy that got to my mom in the end, but the philandering,” she wrote. Read here.

Media failure or fairness? — With opinion journalism being all the rage these days, Media Matters took the networks to task Sunday for hosting conservatives like Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council and former GOP Presidential hopeful Gary Bauer, both of whom fiercely oppose same-sex marriage. They called it “Easy Sunday for Group Hate Leader on CNN, CBS.” The writer, Jocelyn Fong, says if she ever has kids someday she’ll get to tell them about the President’s historic announcement, but she’ll also have to inform them that the networks gave “hate group leaders” a platform for their views. Perkins turned up on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley and on CBS’s Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer. Tsk. Tsk. Fong says Schieffer never challenged Perkins. Instead, the newsman agreed with Perkins that he was glad to allow all sides of the debate. (Which psst… is kind of the point of journalism in the first place.) Read the full story here.

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