• With: Cal Thomas, Ellen Ratner, Kirsten Powers, Jim Pinkerton

    This is a rush transcript from "Fox News Watch," January 28, 2012. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

    JON SCOTT, HOST OF “FOX NEWS WATCH” (voice-over): On “Fox News Watch” --


    NEWT GINGRICH, (R), FORMER HOUSE SPEAKER & PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: So maybe Governor Romney, in the spirit of openness, should tell us how much money he's made off of how many households that have been foreclosed by his investments.

    MITT ROMNEY, (R), FORMER MASSACHUSETTS GOVERNOR & PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Have you checked your own investments? You also have investments through mutual funds that invest in Fannie and Freddie.

    RICK SANTORUM, (R), FORMER PENNSYLVANIA SENATOR & PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: These two gentlemen who are out distracting from the most important issues we have by playing petty personal politics --

    REP. RON PAUL, R-TEXAS & PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: I'm willing to challenge any of these gentlemen up here to a 25-mile bike ride any time of the day.


    SCOTT: In the final debate before the Florida primary, GOP frontrunners don't hold back on the attacks on each other. Are the media pushing the buttons? Are the media asking the wrong questions?


    REP. JOHN BOEHNER, R-OHIO, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE: The President of the United States.



    SCOTT: President Obama delivered his State of the Union address to Congress and the nation. The mainstream press made a big buildup, but when all was said and done, did the speech meet media expectations?


    REP. ED WHITFIELD, R-KY.: We're going to recess this hearing for 10 minutes.

    REP. HENRY WAXMAN, D-CALIF.: Are you calling the Koch brothers during the recess?


    SCOTT: The stalled Keystone Pipeline, a hot topic on Capitol Hill and a hot topic for the media. But is the coverage too one-sided?

    WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, gets a gig on television. What's going on here?

    And some interesting images from the State of the Union address.

    SCOTT (on camera): On the panel this week, a columnist for the Daily Beast web site, Kirsten Powers; Jim Pinkerton, contributing editor, the American Conservative magazine; syndicated columnist, Cal Thomas, and bureau chief of Talk Radio News Service, Ellen Ratner.

    I'm Jon Scott. “Fox News Watch” is on right now.


    REP. NANCY PELOSI, D-CALIF., HOUSE MINORITY LEADER: Let me just make my prediction instead by it isn't going to happen.

    JOHN KING, HOST OF “JOHN KING USA”: Why are you so sure?

    PELOSI: There's something I know. The Republicans, if they choose to nominate him, that's their prerogative. I don't think that's going to happen.

    GINGRICH: I think if she knows something, she ought to say it. If she doesn't know something, she ought to quit saying it. But this is bologna. I don't think any Republican is going to be threatened by Nancy Pelosi. And frankly, I would rather have her threaten me than endorse me.


    SCOTT: Just a little bit of the political theater covered in the media.

    Jim, what about it? That is the second time Nancy Pelosi has implied she knows something sort of dark and sinister about Newt Gingrich. Should the media push for answers?

    JIM PINKERTON, CONTRIBUTING EDITOR, AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE MAGAZINE:  And the second time she's had to back down, saying, no, I don't have anything. The first time was the Ethics Committee. Now there's this. She just appears not to like Gingrich and the media are happy to quote her saying it. To their credit, they're genuinely, although in small fonts, reporting she says she’s nothing.

    #: They did sit on the couch together.

    ELLEN RATNER, BUREAU CHIEF, TALK RADIO NEWS SERVICE: The fact is that on Capitol Hill, the media pressed her. And it hasn't necessarily made how they pressed her, but they have pressed here, and again, nothing.

    SCOTT: Well, Newt didn't seem all that bothered by whatever it was she's talking about.

    KIRSTEN POWERS, COLUMNIST, THE DAILY BEAST: Of course, they're pressing her. They’re dying to know what it is. So, I think that -- I think she what she’s more getting at is that anybody who’s worked with him knows a lot of things about him. I don't know that it's necessarily a specific thing. This is something we've heard from conservatives. I mean conservatives have been carpet bombing him, coming out, saying watch out. If you know this guy, he's a disaster.

    CAL THOMAS, SYNDICATED COLUMNIST: You stole my line about carpet bombing.


    But I do have something on Jim that I'll share with you later.