By attacking moderator Candy Crowley for inserting herself into the middle of that argument, the Romney camp is diverting attention from the fact that an energized Obama often dictated the terms of the argument and frequently put their man on the defensive.Kurtz is partly right. Mr. Obama was energized and largely dictated the terms of the argument.
But what about Crowley's role in allowing the president to dictate the terms of the argument?
- Crowley interrupted Romney far more often than she did the president
- Crowley afforded the president substantially more speaking time than Romney
- Crowley chose the questions the town hall participants would ask, which did much to set the stage for placing Romney on the defensive
It's simply the cherry on top of all this that Crowley in addition blurted out a partisan spur-of-the moment fact check in Mr. Obama's favor.
Yes, Mr. Obama marginally outperformed Romney in the debate. But the way the cards were stacked against Romney has to be part of the story.
Shame on Howard Kurtz for trying to minimize that part of the story.