Imagine a football game wherein the referees abandoned their striped uniforms and started to lead downfield blocking for the team with the ball.
Or imagine a baseball game wherein, rather than call the play at the plate, the umpire started blocking the plate for the offensive team to score.
Or a basketball game wherein the referee jumped up to block a shot.
Or a hockey game wherein, just as a shot was about to get by the goalie, the referee jumped in to make the save.
I could go on and on, but you get the gist.
Officials are supposed to be neutral. In fact, lest we lose all confidence in the sport, officials must be neutral.
In politics, the same rules must apply when it comes to moderating debates...yet CNN's Candy Crowley was just as guilty last night as those wayward sports officials would be if they did what I noted here.
First, she allowed Barack Obama to have the last word on so many issues that he ended up getting three more minutes of talking time (just like in the first debate and like in the Biden debate), but then she actually interjected misinformation on the Libya question. It was so blatant that Obama exhorted her to say it louder. Of course, today she was trying to say it softer--that she screwed up.
If she would have just shut up last night and done the job she was supposed to do, she wouldn't have to fess up today.
Candy Crowley may be a boon to CNN (I wouldn't know), but she was an embarrassment as a debate moderator.
The format, of course, was bad in itself. It's time to get rid of questions from the unwashed public. I mean really...guns and women's salaries and how Romney would differ from George W. Bush. Are these what Americans care most about.
But then, consider who was picking the questions. Yes, that would be the Candy Woman!
Who is moderating the foreign policy debate Monday night?
Bill O'Reilly? He could be fair.
Sean Hannity? He would be no more partisan the the Candy Woman.
But you can be sure it won't be either of those illustirous journalists.
Maybe they'll dig Dan Rather out of mothballs...or Chris Wallace...or I hear Keith Oberman is looking for a new gig.
Debate planners, get real and get a real neutural moderator from now on!