Conservatives Pile on Candy Crowley
Rush accuses her of 'journalistic terrorism'
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Oct 18, 2012 12:01 AM CDT
Moderator Candy Crowley talks to the audience before the second presidential debate at Hofstra University in Long Island.   (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

(Newser) – One person who definitely did not win the presidential debate this week was Candy Crowley—at least as far as conservatives are concerned. Right-wingers are claiming the take-charge moderator deliberately helped Barack Obama look good, reports CBS News. "Crowley's behavior goes beyond despicable as it was a blatant attempt to influence the presidential election," reads a statement from Americans for Limited Government, which is calling on CNN to fire her. Glenn Beck piled on: "Candy loves to police Romney. As soon as he begins to win she shuts him down." Rush Limbaugh called her performance an "act of journalistic terror."

Crowley did help hand Romney a big "oops" moment during the debate when she corrected him as he claimed the president hadn't described the Benghazi attack that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens as an act of terror until 14 days later. In fact, Obama referred to terror the following day, and Crowley heard him in her role as CNN's chief political correspondent. As for the criticism, Crowley is taking it all in stride. "People are going to look at this through the prism they look at this through," Crowley said yesterday on The View. "I get that."