CNN’s critics believe that she was harsher on Romney than the president throughout the debate.
Another insider said the network expected this type of feedback and believes this type of issue can serve a positive purpose.
"It's typical. This type of publicity is great. More people know who Candy Crowley is than ever before, and CNN is blowing the chance of exploiting it," the source said. "What CNN cares about is the brand. It's all about the brand."
Crowley is the host of CNN’s "State of the Union", which airs weekly on Sundays.