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Will wonders ever cease  ....

A Debate Moderator actual answered factually when asked a question ...


How will the Right-wing Spin-machine ever continue their fabricated story-telling if this journalistic-resistance continues?


Crowley's intervention as moderator-in-chief swung the debate in Obama's favor

by Judith Miller, Douglas E. Schoen, FoxNews.com -- Oct 17, 2012

[...]
Crowley’s intervention not only ignored her duty to be a neutral moderator, it effectively swung the debate in Obama’s favor. Her intervention startled Romney and set him off his game. Clearly taken back at being challenged on the nebulous facts surrounding the events in Benghazi and what Obama had said about them, Romney flubbed an opportunity to challenge the president on his policies towards Libya and his efforts to protect American officials serving in dangerous posts abroad.

As a result, the many legitimate questions raised by the murders in Benghazi about the administration’s candor, competence and counter-terrorism went unaddressed.

Thank you Candy Crowley.
[...]


Moderators have NEVER swung a direction of a debate before, by asking an innocuous question, or stating an actual fact ... Have they?


Ford-Carter debate excerpt


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Moderators have NEVER tried to enforce time limits before, or alternatively let them run to accommodate the discussion, for the benefit of the public.


Debate 2000


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Lockbox  ... vs. Fuzzy Math.

That one sure turned out swell, 5 trillion dollars in debt later, huh?



Here is a rather substantiate discussion about the roles of Debate Moderator and even Social Media, in informing the public, and challenging the candidates during their "job interviews."


The Role of the Debate Moderator -- CNN


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Here's the pivotal moments that the Right-wing Spin-machine is in a virtual meltdown about. It kind of seems like Mitt Romney steered this one off the road, all by himself.  Buh-bye Romney-momentum.


Romney vs Obama Mistake "Act of Terror" Libya - Town Hall


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Perhaps if Mitt actually had listened to the President's Rose Garden response to this "terrible act" in Benghazi ... and these "acts of terror" against all Americans, instead of jumping front of the cameras himself inserting himself into global events -- perhaps then Mitt would have not fallen for the latest Right-wing Myth, making the rounds.


President Obama Speaks on the Attack on Benghazi -- Sep 12, 2012

White house videos


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President Obama delivers a statement from the Rose Garden about the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya. September 12, 2012.

REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT
ON THE DEATHS OF U.S. EMBASSY STAFF IN LIBYA

Rose Garden -- Sep 12, 2012

[...]
     Of course, yesterday was already a painful day for our nation as we marked the solemn memory of the 9/11 attacks.  We mourned with the families who were lost on that day.  I visited the graves of troops who made the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq and Afghanistan at the hallowed grounds of Arlington Cemetery, and had the opportunity to say thank you and visit some of our wounded warriors at Walter Reed.  And then last night, we learned the news of this attack in Benghazi.

     As Americans, let us never, ever forget that our freedom is only sustained because there are people who are willing to fight for it, to stand up for it, and in some cases, lay down their lives for it.  Our country is only as strong as the character of our people and the service of those both civilian and military who represent us around the globe.

     No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character, or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for.  Today we mourn four more Americans who represent the very best of the United States of America.  We will not waver in our commitment to see that justice is done for this terrible act.  And make no mistake, justice will be done.

     But we also know that the lives these Americans led stand in stark contrast to those of their attackers.  These four Americans stood up for freedom and human dignity.  They should give every American great pride in the country that they served, and the hope that our flag represents to people around the globe who also yearn to live in freedom and with dignity.
[...]

President Obama's remarks on the deaths of U.S. Embassy staff in Libya
by Transcripts Editors for Transcripts and Documents -- Sep 12, 2012 at 08:50 AM PDT


Hopefully someday, petty politics will rise to the level of seriousness of the global stage, onto which the Candidates aspire to lead. Hopefully well-informed Moderators will continue to steer us, into that much-needed direction.

Into the direction of Reality, and away from the land of groundless Myths ...

Much is riding, in the balance.



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