Playing the Role of ‘Journalist’ at a ‘Presidential Debate’

Candy Crowley

CNN reporter Candy Crowley was apparently causing the Obama and Romney campaigns to panic over the weekend. Why? She was telling people she might ask a question at tonight’s presidential debate. Time‘s Mark Halperin reported (10/14/12) that has done a series of interviews on her network in which she has suggested that she will assume a broader set of responsibilities. As Crowley put it last week, “Once the table is kind of set by the town-hall questioner, there is then time for me to say, ‘Hey, wait a second, what about X, Y, Z?’” The campaigns apparently didn’t much care […]


The Palin Campaign in Mark Halperin’s Head

Mark Halperin has a feature in Time magazine every week called “The Big Questions.” For a process-obsessed campaign reporter, this means a weekly who’s up, who’s down scorecard, in an easy to followQ-&-A format. This week’s questions: Is Sarah Palin in or out? What could hold her back? When does she have to decide? Part of his answer to question one: “Palin remains more interesting to listen to than any other candidate.” Coming from a guy who once said, “I’m ready to cancel my vacation to go cover Rick Perry,” maybe this isn’t surprising. It is worth pointing out that […]


Everyone Could Have a Mark Halperin Moment

The Washington Post‘s Chris Cillizza’s curious take on the Mark Halperin affair: The truth of the Halperin matter is that all reporters (or others) who go on television frequently are forever in a ‘there but for the grace of God go I’ situation…. We know of what we speak, having found ourselves tongue-tied or worse on any number of occasions while staring into a camera. And in an ill-fated 2009 video venture known as ‘Mouthpiece Theater,’ The Fix had to live down an inappropriate reference to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. For those who might be unaware, he’s referring […]


Why Did Mark Halperin Call Obama a Dick?

Time magazine’s Mark Halperin called Barack Obama a dick on MSNBC this morning. The video clip is posted all over the web today, and Halperin and MSNBC have both apologized. Forget about that for a second, and ponder why Halperin said it. The media line on Obama’s press conference is that he was unusually feisty, partisan and/or populist. These are qualities the media tend to abhor in Democratic politicians, who are constantly counseled to work with Republicans or stay in the media-defined “center” in order to succeed (and remember that their “center” is often off to the right, politically speaking). […]


Time Magazine Feeds the Bachmann-tum

The story of Michele Bachmann‘s surging campaign momentum continues, this time courtesy of Beltway reporter Mark Halperin of Time magazine: Why has Michele Bachmann suddenly become the It candidate? With her impressive New Hampshire debate performance, Bachmann has gone from a conservative Sarah Palin-lite curiosity to a potential game changer. For two hours onstage with her GOP rivals, Bachmann appeared polished, serene and in command. Her smooth performance was partly the work of a top-shelf team of veteran advisers (manager Ed Rollins, pollster Ed Goeas, forensic coach Brett O’Donnell). They sanded down some of her rough edges but let Bachmann […]


Mark Halperin’s Puppy-Killing Definition of Centrism

Mark Halperin (cc photo: David Shankbone)

Time‘s Mark Halperin (12/27/10) joins his punditry colleagues in cheering Barack Obama’s wealthy-friendly tax plan as a great way for the president to end a rough year: But by ending the year with a bipartisan-compromise tax deal, Obama showed he is capable of delivering the kind of change that was supposed to be the hallmark of his administration. Indeed– I bet a lot of people watching Obama during the 2008 campaign were thinking, “I hope he doesn’t mean it when he says he’ll get rid of those tax breaks for the wealthy.” More Halperinian analysis: To avoid seeing the economy […]