He has just absolutely --
SCOTT: Later that day, he is on YouTube with a video.
MILLER: But I just found it so bizarre that the person who chastised him was a member of the media. Chris Matthews, who is kind of the disciplinarian of the Democratic Party saying, shocking portrayal, awful. The guy's spoke his -- off the script, he paid a price for it, he will pay a price for it, I think, to Independents. It was music to our ears.
SCOTT: He is a smart guy, Ellen. He says that corporations have done good things for his city. He is very media savvy. Is it possible that the original comment --?
ELLEN RATNER, BUREAU CHIEF, TALK RADIO NEWS SERVICE: There certainly was an article that said that he did not do this in a dumb -- this did not come out in slip of the tongue, that it was organized and planned by him to say pretty much what he did say. And that is not terribly surprising. Just as you point out, look, he had -- he did a video with Chris Christie and that was pointed out in one of the pieces. I think that he is not too dumb.
THOMAS: The Washington Post gives Pinocchio’s to politicians who lie. I think Booker should get at least three Diogenes lamps for telling the truth.
Once in a great while -- and this is why this is so attractive -- Once in a great while, a politician will speak what he or she really believes and cut through all of the media hype and spin and TV commercials. It is incredibly refreshing. His star in the media elites may be declining, but among the people who will put him into higher office, I think it could be rising.
MILLER: Can I just raise a question about the premise? Why are Reverend Wright and Bain Capital not fair game? I mean, that is the issue here. Why is Reverend Wright, who went away for a while, but the fact of the matter is his relationship with Obama has never been explain. And why is Bain Capital not an issue when the candidate himself used in his own campaign commercials?
PINKERTON: Let's say for fun that it is an issue, in which case, we can then say, why was it that -- why is it that this Massachusetts political figures with good hair, Mitt Romney --
-- in 2012, did not get anything like the treatment of another Massachusetts political figure with good hair eight years ago, John Kerry? And as Mike Ciandela (ph), at Media Research, the study you cited, 13:1 ratio of more coverage for Romney's wealth than Kerry's wealth, when, in fact, Kerry, through his wife, were probably 10 times --
RATNER: Wait, wait, wait. Jim, Jim Jim, explain --
SCOTT: Let's find out what Ellen has to say.
RATNER: A, it is his wife. And, B, a picture in this media-savvy world of ours is worth a thousand words. And they didn't need to have all those stories. All they needed to do was to show what they did, which is a picture of Senator Kerry doing a sailing thing on a surfboard in Nantucket. And that finished him off.
MILLER: Wind sailing. Wind sailing.
PINKERTON: So you are saying, therefore, that if he hadn't done the wind surfing thing, that they wouldn't cover it. We agree.
RATNER: But they did cover it.
THOMAS: It's not about the money.
THOMAS: It's not about the money. Warren Buffett doesn't get a tax for his wealth because he supports the president's position on higher taxes for the wealthy. Same with John Kerry, even though he moored his yacht in Rhode Island to avoid paying higher taxes --
-- which the media didn't really go after. The conservative media did, but the mainstream didn't, pointing out the hypocrisy of that. So it's about what political position you take not how much money you have.
SCOTT: For those who didn't understand what Ellen is talking about, The Media Research Center, a conservative-leaning organization, did a study of mentions of John Kerry's wealth on the evening news, the big three evening news broadcasts back in 2004. He got two mentions from CBS and ABC, one each. NBC didn't mention it at all. Contrast that with stories about Mitt Romney's wealth during the same three-month period in the current 2012 environment, he got mentioned 27 times.
Bill O'Reilly asked ABC's David Westin about it.
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DAVID WESTIN, PRESIDENT OF NEWSRIGHT & FORMER PRESIDENT, ABC: What I am saying is, right now, I think many Americans are worried about their economic situation. They are worried about their jobs, their houses, their children, their 401Ks and things like that. That was not true in 2012
O'REILLY: So you see that it's economically driven.
WESTIN: Well --
O'REILLY: I don't see it that way at all.
WESTIN: Well, no, it's also driven by the opponent. The Obama campaign is pushing this story very, very hard. And --