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


    RATNER: Give me a well-earned break! I mean, my right-wing stations made a big deal of it. My left-wing stations made a big deal of this. I'm saying, you know, it was a conversation. We weren't party to it. Give me a break.

    SCOTT: Maybe she's directing him to lunch.


    POWERS: I think it was incredibly rude. To do it to anybody, but he is the president of the United States. And then she comes out and does all these interviews about he's thin-skinned, and all he did was basically bring up her book and she flips out on him and she starts waving finger in his face. I mean I think that's strange. I don't know why people are defending it.

    THOMAS: It's good politics. What she was really saying is, you ain't nothing but a hound dog.


    SCOTT: All right.

    We're going to leave it there. It's time for another break.

    If you see something that shows evidence of media bias, email us at newswatch@FOXnews.com.

    Up next, the Keystone Pipeline, an important topic in Washington and other places; is it an important one for the press as well?

    ANNOUNCER: The Keystone Pipeline, going anywhere due to political posturing. Have the media done a fair job in presenting the issue?

    And WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, going from leaking sensitive secrets to talk-show host. And guess who's airing the program? Details next, on “News Watch.”



    WHITFIELD: We're not going to be subpoenaing the Koch brothers and we're not asking the Koch brothers to appear because the Koch brothers have nothing to do with this project.

    Now we're going to recess this hearing for 10 minutes and then we're going to come back.

    WAXMAN: Are you calling the Koch brothers during the recess?

    WHITFIELD: Let me tell you something. If you want to talk about that, let's talk about the millions of dollars that the Obama administration gave companies like Solyndra.


    SCOTT: Wow. Fireworks on Capitol Hill. That was House Energy and Power Subcommittee chairman, Ed Whitfield, reacting to Democratic Congressman Henry Waxman's calls for the Koch brothers to be subpoenaed. He says he wants answers on the Keystone Pipeline. Waxman wants the investors to answer questions about how they might have profited from the pipeline. Charles and David Koch are owners of Koch Industries. It's one of the largest privately held companies in the U.S. and they are frequent donors to conservative causes.

    So one report -- well, first of all, Ellen, your reaction to that dustup?

    RATNER: You know, I mean -- I looked a lot to see if it was really reported. And that dustup was not reported as was not a very -- at least in the print media. And it was not reported in terms of what the Democratic minority did in the letter that they sent to Ed Whitfield. So a lot of that was just not there. There was either rah-rah, re-pro or rah-rah, re-anti-pipeline. And the only place I saw a really good up and down was the Columbia Journalism Review.

    SCOTT: You don't get a lot of coverage of subcommittee hearings generally, do you?


    THOMAS: No. Look, this is good political theater; back and forth, impugning each other's motives, political one-upsmanship. But, look --

    SCOTT: Who do you think we are? Britain?

    THOMAS: Yes, there you go. But look, the real -- the reason it got a lot of traction, despite this Media Matters study, which said that there was far more pro-pipeline people interviewed than anti-pipeline, it's a better story on the pro side, 20,000 jobs estimated, oil that answers one of our major energy concerns right now. Canada’s going to sell it to China if we don't get it. So I think the pro-pipeline people were far more credible and interesting than the anti -- the environmentalist side.

    SCOTT: What about that Media Matters study? The liberal web site says the pipeline’s getting all the good press.


    PINKERTON: Well, I mean, what do you think they're going to say? They've got George Soros to answer to. Of course, they'll come up with some study like that.


    PINKERTON: The point is, as Cal said, unemployment is kind of a big issue in this country, and jobs are a big issue. James Pethokoukis, from Reuters, made the point, look; the unemployment rate is officially 8.5 percent. If you really measured it according to the labor force participation, it would be 11. And yet, at the same time, President Obama can go to the State of the Union, use the word energy 25 times, while dancing around why he's against the XL Pipeline and the media’s giving a pass on it.

    RATNER: But back to the Columbia Journalism Review, they did a study on where the numbers came from in terms of the statistics, was it really 20,000 jobs. I think they took it apart from the middle, not from the right, not from the left.

    PINKERTON: The Columbia Journalism School definitely approaches the world from the middle. Absolutely.


    RATNER: Look at that article, Jim.

    SCOTT: All right, moving on. WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, has a new job title. He's a TV host. Assange is getting his own show on a network bankrolled by the Russian government. Assange will host a talk show on the Kremlin-backed RT News network, starting in March.

    So this is the guy who likes to, you know, spill secrets and conspiracies and so forth.

    THOMAS: I'm sure it was a difficult choice between the Kremlin and Russian TV and MSNBC because they both share the same ideological world view. I think he'll do very well.