“Moderators are like umps and refs — sooner or later everyone is unhappy with them,” said Tom Brokaw, who helmed the town hall debate between Mr. Obama and John McCain 2008. “That’s exacerbated in part because the rules are never entirely clear and the candidates go on stage determined to bend them to their advantage.”
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Candy Crowley, who’s still being hit for her “terror” fact check at last night’s Town Hall — from VP nominee Paul Ryan on “Good Morning America” to Tucker Carlson on Fox News — hopes the attention turns back to the candidates and away from her. “Goodness, I hope the get back to one another,” Crowley said on CNN’s “Starting Point” of the criticism of her.
“I was trying to move this along,” Crowley says. “The question was Benghazi … there was this point they both kind of looked at me, you know, Romney’s looking at me, the president is looking at me, and I wanted to move this along.”
Crowley also said she’s not backtracking. Watch:
Debate Ratings: Most Channels Up From Round One, Fox News Poised to Tie Record Palin-Biden ’08 Debate
The second Presidential debate between Pres. Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney delivered massive ratings last night.
As it did for the first two debates, Fox News led the way among the cable news channels garnering 11.1 million viewers, on par with its most-watched telecast ever, the Sarah Palin-Joe Biden debate in 2008. CNN’s Candy Crowley was the moderator of the debate, but it did not appear to give a significant ratings boost to the channel. It was the only cabler to lose viewers compared to the first Presidential debate, and was down significantly from the second Presidential debate in 2008. MSNBC was third in cable news, but was able to improve its viewership compared to both 2008 and the first debate two weeks ago.
All three channels were up in the demo compared to the first debate of the cycle, with all three hitting highs.
Among the broadcasters, preliminarily ABC and NBC are up compared to the first debate, with CBS down. The numbers will adjust when finals are released.
Update: NBC News was the most-watched network for both the debate and the post-debate analysis.
Update 2: 65.6 million people watched last night. Those numbers are here.
Cable News, 9-10:30PM:
FNC: 11,102,117 in total viewers / 3,455,243 adults 25-54
CNN: 5,770,449 in total viewers / 2,583,272 adults 25-54
MSNBC: 4,876,967 in total viewers / 1,913,571 adults 25-54
8-11 PM, Cable News primetime:
FNC: 9,000,869 in total viewers / 2,687,147 adults 25-54
CNN: 4,343,325 in total viewers / 1,896,333 adults 25-54
MSNBC: 3,884,487 in total viewers / 1,489,602 adults 25-54
9-10:39PM Broadcast (based on Nielsen Fast Nationals):
NBC: 13,817,973 total viewers
ABC: 12,463,912 total viewers
CBS: 8,921,671 total viewers
10:39-11PM, Broadcast post-debate analysis:
NBC: 11.367 million total viewers / 5.564 million adults 25-54
ABC: 9.516 million total viewers / 3.621 million adults 25-54
CBS: 6.994 million total viewers / 2.728 million adults 25-54
While the early moderator reviews reviews were much more positive than in the first Presidential debate (though admittedly not in certain parts of the blogosphere), Candy Crowley still had to face some of the same issues that Jim Lehrer did. A big one: getting the candidates to stop talking.
Both Fox News and ABC News got the same idea, and put together montages of Crowley trying to bring order to the auditorium.
Tonight’s Town Hall battle was more pitched and pointed than the first, as the two men running for president paced the stage answering questions from undecided voters, and follow-ups from moderator Candy Crowley. After both the Obama and Romney campaigns expressed concern about Crowley’s role, the CNN anchor says, “I expected them to come at me when I would try to rein them in,” adding, “I didn’t take it personally.”
In fact, Crowley says Obama/Romney Round Two was what a passionate debate of the issues should be: “They were so good at sort of being in each other’s face.”
Crowley’s turn is being remembered most for her fact-checking of Mitt Romney who said “it took the president 14 days” to call the attack in Benghazi a terrorist act. But Crowley, referencing a White House transcript noted in Rose Garden comments the day after the attack Pres. Obama said, “No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation.”
On Fox News, Charles Krauthammer called Crowley’s correction an “intervention, which is essentially incorrect,” saying Crowley was “supporting Obama on the transcript.” On Fox Business, Neil Cavuto added, “Calling something a terror act is very different than calling it a terrorist act. And then a moderator intervening to defend the president as if he did say that… is a little, you know — and I like Candy a lot.”
Of course, there was bound to be criticism of Crowley just as there will likely be next week when CBS’s Bob Schieffer moderates the final debate.
For Crowley, who went on CNN not long after signing off from her moderating duties, it was a good night: “I thought the first part of the especially was fun to watch, and hopefully enlightening to people.”
Here we go. Debate number two between Pres. Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney. Romney won the coin toss, and was asked the first question from first-time voter college student Jeremy Epstein who is concerned about his future. Romney went so far as to promise him a job when he graduates in 2014 … if he’s elected. CNN’s Candy Crowley is moderating the debate, and as she said she might — and the campaigns were concerned she would — she asked a follow-up to the Town Hall questioner, which led to the first jabs of the night as Obama criticized Romney’s 5-point plan as “a one point plan.”
The Presidential debates have brought interest in the election to a fever pitch, and for Megyn Kelly and Bret Baier — who are the face of Fox News’ political coverage — that extra push has led them to a major milestone.
More than 10 million people watched Kelly and Baier’s coverage of the Vice Presidential debate last Thursday, putting Fox News ahead of its competitors: cable and broadcast.
“It’s amazing to me,” Kelly told TVNewser Monday as we stopped by the set of her “America Live” program.
“FNC has been such a powerhouse for a long time, but it’s still a cable news operation, and people have to pay for cable, and not everybody has it. So whenever we beat the nets, that’s a big deal. That gets all of our attention.”
From her perch at the Fox News anchor desk, Kelly has had a front-row seat to the first two debates. She is quick to defend Jim Lehrer, who was widely criticized for his handling of the first Presidential debate, saying he did “exactly what a moderator should do, which is get out of the way.”
Kelly said the campaigns and the media “are not aligned in their missions when it comes to the debates,” noting the early criticism of tonight’s moderator, CNN anchor Candy Crowley, came from the campaigns’ concern that she might ask follow-up questions of the candidates.
“Let’s not start criticizing the moderator before she’s moderated! Let’s give the woman a break and let her do her job and let’s see how she does it,” Kelly said. “If she tries to make the debate all about her, and insert a bunch of Candy Crowley questions, instead of the town hall questions, that won’t be
Tonight’s Presidential debate, moderated by CNN’s Candy Crowley, will be held at Hofstra University at 9pmET. Here’s a round-up of what the broadcast and cable networks have planned.
On ABC News, Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos will anchor coverage from 9pm-11pmET. They will be joined by Jake Tapper, David Muir and Jon Karl. “Nightline” will be live at 11:35pmET, and ABC News will stream the debate online.
CBS News will also be live from 9pm-11pmET with Scott Pelley at the anchor desk. The network’s post-debate coverage will feature a poll of approximately 500 uncommitted voters around the nation.
Brian Williams will anchor from 9pm-11pmET on NBC News in New York City. He will be joined by David Gregory, Savannah Guthrie, Chuck Todd and Tom Brokaw. Andrea Mitchell will lead the network’s “Truth Squad” fact-check team.
Fox News Channel’s Shepard Smith will anchor on Fox Broadcasting beginning at 9pmET.
Plans for the cable networks are after the jump. Read more
CNN’s Candy Crowley appeared on “The Situation Room” to talk about the dust up yesterday over the debate she is moderating this evening. Both the Obama and Romney campaigns complained to the Commission on Presidential Debates about Crowley, due to comments she made in interviews in which she suggested she may ask follow-ups.
“There will be questioners to the right and left of me and in front of the candidates,” Crowley told Wolf Blitzer. “And they will have the questions. And as was the case in the Charlie Gibson town hall meeting and the Tom Brokaw town hall meeting in Presidential campaigns past, there is a time after that for follow-up and for furthering the discussion.”
After the jump, NBC’s Tom Brokaw talks about what it takes to moderate a town hall debate.
Here’s the Full ‘Memo Of Understanding’ That the Obama & Romney Campaigns and Commission on Presidential Debates Wanted To Keep Secret
Last month we noted that advocacy groups asked the Commission on Presidential debates to release the secret documents that form as the basis for the three Presidential and one Vice Presidential debates. The document, called a “memo of understanding,” is crafted by the CPD along with the Romney and Obama campaigns.
The CPD declined, so TIME‘s Mark Halperin decided to release it for them. Halperin already reported that the two campaigns have taken issue with comments made by tomorrow’s debate moderator, Candy Crowley. The full document sheds light on exactly what role the moderator is supposed to play.
Among the rules: Crowley is not supposed to ask any follow-ups, and may not “coach” audience questioners She may also not ask for “show of hands” questions. The Commission also says it will try and limit the angles of TV cameras by locking them into place, and by forbidding shots of family members or friends, or audience reaction shots.
Update: To be clear, the agreement is signed by the Romney and Obama campaigns, and the moderators and networks that televise the debates do not have to agree to anything written in it.
The full memo, courtesy of TIME, is embedded below.