Last night, Candy Crowley moderated a town hall presidential debate. It had one interesting moment when Ms. Crowley stepped out of her moderator role to correct Mitt Romney’s description of the president’s response to Benghazi.
If you were watching the debate, it was an emotional, gasp-inducing exchange. The president had expressed outrage at the pretensions of Mr. Romney, and Candy Crowley saw her opportunity. She rose to the occasion and the audience reacted with spontaneous applause for her courage.
I’ve noted before how Ms. Crowley is able to exhibit her anti-Republican credentials and still comport as a professional journalist. Here’s the takeaway from this occurrence:
1) Our culture teaches us to view Republicans as bad people.
2) The current Democratic Party theme is that Mitt Romney is an unhinged (lying) flip-flopper.
2) Candy Crowley used her power as moderator to portray Mr. Romney as a liar and to evoke an anti-Republican response.
Republicans point to the facts supporting Mr. Romney’s point of view, but the damage is done.
On national TV, before millions of viewers, we have been treated to a spectacle. Republicans can try to set the record straight, but our culture will not be swayed from its “truth.”
UPDATE 10/18/2012:Anti-Republican Culture categorizes its posts with four possible labels. This incident has the extraordinary distinction of receiving all four classifications.
“Republicans Under Siege” is captured when Mitt Romney finds himself under attack not only from his debate opponent, but also from the moderator and a majority of the audience. “So Right and Natural” is displayed in the spontaneity of the audience applause over the incident. “The Themes” is present in the “lying Republican” characterization advanced by this incident (and also expounded by John Aravosis at AmericaBlog.com). “The Ministry of Truth” is represented by the fundamental spin associated with a mention of the phrase “acts of terror” in conjunction with a Benghazi briefing.The Candy Crowley incident is in a class by itself!