SCOTT: Ric, I'm not sure that any of us have the perspective you've had, where you've had to stand up in front of the bank of microphones and answer reporter questions, bring us your thoughts on this.
GRENELL: You know, it's really unbelievable, the group think that's going on, and I think it's getting worse every single year. I don't totally blame lazy journalists although I think that is part of it. I do think that the 24-hour news cycle, the pressure to be first, the pressure to tweet, the pressure to do something on social media means that these journalists are having to rush too much.
And I think there is a danger in that. That is why I think that Twitter and other sources are really good to put the pressure on these reporters who just continue to group think.
What you saw from CBS News' Jan Crawford and NPR's Ari Shapiro there, conspiring together, happens all the time where it's the press versus the one person behind the podium. And I think we have got to get back where the press is competitive, where they are checking each other and that we have multiple news sources. That is really where you get the accurate information.
SCOTT: Judy talked about conservatives who attacked Mitt Romney for the whole imbroglio, but there was also some support from conservatives like Rich Lowry, a Fox News contributor and an occasional panelist on this program.
He wrote in The Journal, "The reports from earlier this week about how Obama would use foreign policy as a cudgel against Romney had barely faded when the media pack turned around and declared politics must stop at the water's edge, thank you very much.
"The old complaint about Romney was that he didn't talk about foreign policy. The newly minted complaint about Romney was that he did talk about foreign policy. He gets it coming and going and everywhere in between."
Monica, your thoughts?
CROWLEY: Yes, absolutely. Look, what we saw from that media scrum, when Governor Romney stood up, if we had a national press corps that was half as aggressive with the President of the United States, we might actually get some valuable information from this White House.
What you saw went beyond mere coordination. And it's true, when they have limited time, they don't want to waste time. But this was tantamount to an ambush of the governor. It did show an ideological bias. It showed in the tone and the structure of each one of their questions.
And Judy is right. They were all basically the same question. And it was all, when did you stop beating your wife, Governor. Those are the kinds of questions he got. And we have lost sight or at least the press lost sight -- or maybe Kirsten's right -- they just don't care about the bigger picture here.
They should be asking why was it that these embassies and consulates were so ill prepared for 9/11, when we got word this week that the State Department and the White House were given 48-hour warning from Egyptian intelligence that this could be happening. Why --
SCOTT: Jay Carney did disavow that, though. He disavowed that at the -- at the news conference --
CROWLEY: Well, we'll see how that works out, OK?
But the question should be raised, then. Also why has the president blown more than half of his daily intelligence briefings, including the one the day after the attack on September 12th, when he was flying back from Vegas from doing a campaign fundraiser?
And (inaudible) even bigger question about investigating whether or not we're looking at a new axis of terror between the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamists and Tehran? They have the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt; the new president was in Tehran.
Mohammed Morsi was in Tehran last week. How about investigating some of that rather than focusing all of your fire on Governor Romney, who is not yet commander in chief?
SCOTT: What about when the man who is commander in chief said he isn't sure that Egypt is an ally or -- or actually what he said was Egypt is not an ally but neither are they an enemy? What kind of media reaction did that generate?
POWERS: Well, I think people wanted an answer to it and there was a lot of pressure put on the State Department to weigh in on it.
But what happened was then the State Department said, well, actually they still are an ally. And so the president was in fact trying to send a message overseas, it wasn't coordinated with the State Department.
And I think if that was a Republican president, it probably would prove that he was sort of out of touch and didn't have control over things in the same way he was -- had total radio silence for so long as this was unfolding. However, nobody really seems particularly interested in that component.
SCOTT: Richard, do you have a thought on that?
GRENELL: Yes, Jon, I was just going to say, you know, it's a really good point that Hillary, Secretary of State Clinton really had to step in, I think, and be the adult. She was the first one to respond. She stood next to the president when the president was reading scripted statement.
I think there is -- somebody needs to ask the question about the 3: 0 am phone call that we keep hearing because clearly this 3:00 am phone call was ringing all night long, and President Obama was sleeping. He slept through the night and didn't comment until the next morning.
But Hillary actually answered the call. And I think there are some really good lines of questioning that need to be done, that just haven't been done because everything has been focused on Mitt Romney going too early when no one's asking did Obama go too late.
SCOTT: All right. More “News Watch” ahead. But first, if you see something that you feel shows evidence of media bias, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Up next, what grade would you give the media this week?
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BREAM (voice-over): Have the media hit a new low in the coverage of the attacks on U.S. embassies? Rush to judgment, reporting wrong facts, sensational reporting -- is this a new pattern for bad journalism? The answer is next on "News Watch."
DIANE SAWYER, ABC ANCHOR: The source from all the fury, a film made in the U.S. which the protestors say insults Islam.
BRIAN WILLIAMS, NBC ANCHOR: Halfway around the world in Cairo today an explosion of violence aimed at the United States. Muslim protestors stormed the U.S. embassy. They're angry over a film they consider insulting to the Prophet Muhammad.
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SCOTT: Broadcast news coverage from Tuesday, September 11th. CBS missed the attack on the U.S. embassy and led its program with President Obama's first sit-down interview since the Democratic National Convention. So what about that? CBS, I mean, attacks on our embassy and CBS doesn't put it on at all?
MILLER: Well, I think The New York Times has more of an excuse than CBS does because The New York Times played the attacks on A-4, not even on the front page. But that's a time thing, you know, how long it takes to put out a newspaper. No explanation for CBS.
PINKERTON: I have one. They made a deal with President Obama that they would put him first if he agreed to be interviewed. And they kept the deal.
MILLER: Jim that is such a conspiracy theory. Where is the support for that?
PINKERTON: Well, the support is it's a hot news story. They didn't touch it. And they didn't use it first. That's the support.
Look, Eric Ericson (ph) said it best in his -- said the media were, quote, "declowned," a word I hadn't heard before. Interesting enough in terms of how people regard the media, and he said this is the most traffic peace (ph) had in three years. In other words, people understand what the media are doing and don't like it and look to other sources to find out what's really happening.