Spin Cycle

06.24.12

Candy Crowley's Moments of Silence

The Sunday anchor meditates on the issues

When you pose a question, she answers it—unlike many of the politicians she interviews.

So when I asked the host of State of the Union a question from a Facebook fan—does she trust politicians?—Crowley didn’t duck.

“No because our job isn’t to trust these guys. Our job is to mistrust them,” candid Candy told me. Not just be skeptical, but actively mistrust them—a pretty aggressive default position.

Maybe that comes from years of having candidates and officeholders bob and weave during interviews. Crowley says she’ll ask the same question three times—and then “you have to wave the white flag” and move on—but not before announcing to the audience, “So clearly you’re not going to answer this.”

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In the CNN newsroom, where I host Reliable Sources, I was anxious to get Crowley’s take on Mitt Romney’s appearance before a national Latino group last week. “His tone was significantly softer,” she said, no more talk about illegal immigrants having to “self-deport.”

Still: “Was there any change in policy? I don’t know, because we didn’t know what the policy was to begin with.”

Perhaps the most interesting moment was when I asked the veteran correspondent about how she practices meditation each day in her Washington bureau office.

“To me it orders my thought,” she said.

“It’s not as though I don’t get angry any more, or I’m not mad at this person or that person. But I don’t hold onto it as long as I used to… It brings me a sense of a place to go that’s calm…I actually treasure that time.”

Not your typical Sunday anchor talk.

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