• With: Judy Miller, Jim Pinkerton, Monica Crowley, Sally Kohn

    This is a rush transcript from "Fox News Watch," April 7, 2012. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

    JON SCOTT, HOST OF "FOX NEWS WATCH": On "Fox News Watch".

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    PRESIDENT OBAMA: This congressional Republican budget is something different altogether. It's antithetical to our entire history as a land of opportunity.

    SCOTT: Candidate Obama is back on the campaign trail taking aim at Paul Ryan's budget proposal, warning the Supreme Court against the judicial activism, calling out Mitt Romney on gas prices, and offering advice to the media how to cover his reelection.

    MITT ROMNEY, R-MASS., PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Join me in the next step for that destination of November 6th.

    SCOTT: Sweeping three primaries this week, Mitt Romney continues his pursuit of the GOP nomination, leaving Rick Santorum in the dust. Are the media playing along?

    BERNARD GOLDBERG, FOX CONTRIBUTOR: All they say is, a mistake was made. It's interesting, they used the passive voice, a mistake was made. That's not enough.

    SCOTT: NBC News caves under pressure and apologizes for appalling editing of George Zimmerman's 911 call in the Trayvon Martin case.

    SARAH PALIN, FORMER GOVERNOR OF ALASKA: And I'm very excited to get to be here with all you New Yorkers.

    SCOTT: And Sarah Palin as co-host of "The Today Show," how did she do?

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    SCOTT: On the panel this week, writer and Fox News contributor Judy Miller; radio talk show host Monica Crowley; Jim Pinkerton, contributing editor, the American Conservative magazine; and political commentator Sally Kohn.

    I'm Jon Scott, "Fox News Watch" is on right now.

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    OBAMA: This congressional Republican budget is something different altogether. It is a Trojan horse, disguised as deficit reduction plans, it's really an attempt to impose a radical vision on our country. It is thinly veiled social Darwinism. It's antithetical to our entire history as a land of opportunity and upward mobility for everybody who is willing to work for it.

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    SCOTT: Oh, what an interesting week it was at the White House, how did the media cover it? President Obama in full-fledged campaign mode for reelection, he wasted no time on Tuesday, ripping there into the Republican budget proposal as written by Congressman Paul Ryan.

    The president paints it as a series of cruel spending cuts. The question, Jim, is, how did the media portray it?

    JIM PINKERTON, CONTRIBUTING EDITOR, AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE: They completely agreed with the president on this. The New York Times editorial page and The New York Times news pages were synonymous it seemed to me in terms of, well, this is terrible.

    No, I think, look, the president is clearly on the offensive on this, and, you know, some of the commentary in favor of Ryan and Romney is kind of curious, The Economist wrote a sympathetic article to Romney and Ryan that said actually embracing the Ryan budget would be quote, "a good hill for Romney to die on," unquote, which is -- they're being noble, but not exactly enthusiastic.

    SCOTT: Doesn't some intellectual honesty require a politician to admit that Medicare is in real trouble and we need to do something?

    JUDITH MILLER, FOX CONTRIBUTOR: Yes, but, this is what this campaign is going to come down to. What you do about it, whether or not you junk it, as the Obama people say the Republicans want to do, and leave granny out there, struggling for medical care, or, whether or not you want to fix it, as the Republicans would prefer to say.

    Look, the campaign is the gun. We saw a full frontal attack by the president. I think you can expect more of this. We're off to the races.

    SCOTT: So, what about that "radical vision" line, Monica? The Ryan budget is a radical for the future.

    MONICA CROWLEY, RADIO TALK SHOW HOST: Yes. Well, you can always tell what the left is up to because they go out there and they project onto the right of what they themselves are guilty of. This has been the most radical president we've had in recent memory, maybe even in the entire history of the United States.

    And for him to go out and accuse the Republicans of putting out a budget that's radical when he has spent us into oblivion and add $5 trillion to the national debt in three-and-a-half years is really outrageous. What I also find outrageous is that the press -- the press has not really taken the time to take a look at what Obama is actually accusing Ryan and Republicans of doing here.

    President Obama went out and made a series of accusations which then inspired Paul Ryan to come out, and this is the House budget chairman, he did not pick this word lightly, but he accused the president of lying about what he was presenting.

    And he actually used that word "lying." I think The Washington Post did a breakdown of the president, you know, they did a fact-check, Politifact also did a fact-check on the president's allegations. And they found routinely that he is lying, he's distorting the truth about what the Republicans are presenting.

    I want to see more media outlets actually take the president to task and question his hysteria over what the GOP proposal really is.

    SCOTT: I think that Sally is about to take you to task.

    SALLY KOHN, POLITICAL COMMENTATOR: I'll take you to task. Look, Paul Ryan didn't actually come out and say that the president misrepresented the facts of the budget plan at all. And I actually what's striking here is we could have more -- I'd like to see more discussion in the media about facts, as opposed to just the spin.

    And the fact, for instance, that Paul Ryan wants to cut spending that helps working class, middle class, poor, and seniors, and give that money entirely to millionaires and billionaires.

    CROWLEY: That's not true.

    KOHN: . and increase the deficit.

    CROWLEY: That's not true.

    KOHN: But, again, that's actually -- so but the point is that what's frustrating I think about the media coverage of all of this, and increasingly through the election, is that we're going to just keep spinning and spinning different opinions as opposed to, let's put the numbers on the table.

    Credible people have done this and will -- let's talk about those numbers. But that's what they say.

    SCOTT: And then let's talk about the president's challenge to the Supreme Court. Here is what he had to say about the possibility that the Supreme Court might overturn his beloved "ObamaCare."