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Reports: Political Reporter Candy Crowley Leaving CNN

By    |   Friday, 05 Dec 2014 06:42 PM

Candy Crowley, the longtime CNN political reporter and anchor who fueled charges of liberal media bias with her 2012 debate treatment of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, is leaving the network after 27 years, according to reports.

CNN president Jeff Zucker announced Crowley's departure in a staff memo on Friday that said, "Candy has let us know that she has made the decision to move on, so she can embark on the next chapter of her already prolific career."

Crowley will host one more edition of "State of the Union," CNN's Sunday political roundtable, this weekend with former President George W. Bush as her guest, The Wrap reports.

"State of the Union" will continue on with a new host, Politico reports.

Crowley joined CNN to cover politics and presidential campaigns beginning in 1987, and become one of the network's most visible on-air figures on election nights and inaugurations, and during coverage of breaking political news.

A turn as moderator of a town hall-style presidential debate in October 2012 brought her to the attention of millions, and made her a target of criticism.

During an exchange between President Barack Obama and challenger Romney, Crowley corrected the former Massachusetts governor about the president's response to the Sept. 11, 2012, assault on a U.S. embassy compound in Benghazi, Libya.

The attack, barely a month before the debate, left four Americans dead including Ambassador Chris Stevens. It continues to be a subject of partisan political feuding and and congressional investigations.

Crowley checked Romney by saying that Obama, in fact, had used the word "terror" to characterize the attack.

Some observers said that amounted to the moderator taking sides. Media Research Center founder Brent Bozell told Newsmax TV at the time that Crowley's conduct was "disgraceful."

Romney himself addressed the exchange earlier this year for the first time.

"Well, I don't think it's the role of the moderator in a debate to insert themselves into the debate and to declare a winner or a loser on a particular point," Romney told radio host Hugh Hewitt.

Zucker wrote in his memo that Crowley's exit leaves him "with mixed emotions" and that while it is "difficult … for us to imagine CNN without Candy, we know that she comes to this decision thoughtfully, and she has our full support."

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Candy Crowley, the longtime CNN political reporter and anchor who fueled charges of liberal media bias with her 2012 debate treatment of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, is leaving the network after 27 years, according to reports.
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