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CNN: Candy Crowley Being Criticized Because Mitt Romney 'Did Not Have As Good A Night'

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CNN is advising employees on how to respond to conservative criticism of Candy Crowley, citing Mitt Romney's performance at the debate as the real reason for their furor.

TMZ reported exclusively on an email sent by managing editor Mark Whitaker on Wednesday. "The reviews on Candy's performance have been overwhelmingly positive but Romney supporters are going after her on two points, no doubt because their man did not have as good a night as he had in Denver," he wrote.

Conservatives were not happy with Crowley, especially after she fact-checked Romney on Libya. Romney surrogates and conservative personalities like Rush Limbaugh cried bias, alleging that she tipped the scale in favor of President Obama.

The memo addressed criticism around the Libya line, as well as the candidates' speaking times. Whitaker advised, "it should be stressed that she was just stating a point of fact: Obama did talk about an act (or acts) of terror, no matter what you think he meant by that at the time."

On speaking time, he told employees that "it should be noted that Candy and her commission producers tried to keep it even but that Obama went on longer largely because he speaks more slowly."

Below, read the full text of the email (via TMZ):

Let's start with a big round of applause for Candy Crowley for a superb job under the most difficult circumstances imaginable. She and her team had to select and sequence questions in a matter of hours, and then she had to deal with the tricky format, the nervous questioners, the aggressive debaters, all while shutting out the pre-debate attempts to spin and intimidate her. She pulled it off masterfully.

The reviews on Candy's performance have been overwhelmingly positive but Romney supporters are going after her on two points, no doubt because their man did not have as good a night as he had in Denver. On the legitimacy of Candy fact-checking Romney on Obama's Rose Garden statement, it should be stressed that she was just stating a point of fact: Obama did talk about an act (or acts) of terror, no matter what you think he meant by that at the time. On why Obama got more time to speak, it should be noted that Candy and her commission producers tried to keep it even but that Obama went on longer largely because he speaks more slowly. We're going to do a word count to see whether, as in Denver, Romney actually got more words in even if he talked for a shorter period of time.

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