Durbin, a stalwart Illinois Democrat, and Price, a Georgia Republican, are key negotiators over the budget impasse, the so-called fiscal cliff. The interview took place on State Of The Union, CNN’s flagship Sunday political program, which Crowley currently moderates. It is broadcast world-wide.
Price predictably laid out and defended the Republican positions. Quickly, Crowley seemed to forget her role of moderator, and went on a leftist attack against Price. Bizarrely, but appropriately given the circumstances, Dick Durbin assumed the moderating role. At times he seemingly defended Price from Crowley’s attack, with chastising interjections such as:
“Candy, you have to be careful.”
As bad as it was, the interview does not surpass Crowley’s own personal journalistic low – last month’s infamous second presidential debate, which she moderated. That debate will go down in history for the exchange on Libya when Crowley injected herself into the issue, decisively taking Obama’s side. As if the unprecedented sorry spectacle was not enough, most independent analysts disagree with her declaration that Obama was factually correct and Romney, in error.
Crowley’s two amateurish performances, each beamed to a worldwide audience, have inspired me to suggest that Dan dedicate a slot on this blog for folks to share links to what they think was the previous month’s worst piece of mainstream broadcast journalism. For example, it could be the suggested theme on OPEN thread on the first day of each month. I suspect many entertaining and eye popping clips are generated each month. Let’s see if Dan bites.
In any case, Candy Crowley’s Durbin / Price interview is the worst piece of TV journalism I have seen so far this month. That places her work at the top of the stink heap for the second consecutive month.
How long will CNN keep Candy Crowley on their All-Star Team?
Note from Dan: Let’s try this Dec. 1 and see where it goes. I can tell you right now that “Fox and Friends” is going to be a perennial leader in the nominations.