TWO WORDS come to mind: sexist schmuck. That describes Frank Fahrenkopf, who hails from the Reagan and Bush 41 eras, when women knew their place.
From Jon Ralston, Nevada’s political sage:
Fahrenkopf said he was proud of his role in helping to pick the debate moderators, but then added, shockingly I thought: “We made one mistake this time: Her name is Candy,” a reference to Candy Crowley of CNN, who absorbed hosannas from the left and brickbats from the right after she corrected Mitt Romney during the second debate. – Jon Ralston
One can argue with some weight that Crowley should not have weighed in during the debate, but instead put the question to Obama to defend or not. Crowley’s response after the kerfuffle over whether Obama said Benghazi was an “act of terror,” which became a point of argument between Romney and Obama:
Crowley says, “Listen, what I said on that stage is the same thing I said to you actually last night”¦ I was trying to move this along because the question was Benghazi. There is no question that the administration is quite vulnerable on his topic. That they did take weeks to go “˜well actually there really wasn’t a protest and actually didn’t have anything to do with the tape.’ That took a long time. That’s where he was going. That was [Romney's] first answer”¦. Then we got hung up on this “˜yes he said,’ “˜no I didn’t,’ “˜I said terror,’ “˜you didn’t say terror.’ And there was this point where they both kind of looked at me”¦. And what I wanted to do was move this along”¦. So I said, [The President] did say “˜acts of terror”¦ but Governor Romney, you are perfectly right, that it took weeks for them to get past the tape “”.'”
O’Brien asks, “Not a backtrack?”
Crowley responds, “No”¦ Did the President say this was an act of terror? The President did not say…. He said “˜these acts of terror,’ but he was in the Rose Garden to talk about Benghazi so I don’t think that’s a leap.”
But alleging she was a “mistake” is defamatory and insults a career journalist who’s widely respected, because she’s earned it.
Fahrenkopf also took issue with Gov. Chris Christie’s “French kiss” of President Obama.