• With: Judy Miller, Jim Pinkerton, Juan Williams, Richard Grenell

    This is a rush transcript from "Fox News Watch," September 22, 2012. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

    JON SCOTT, HOST OF "FOX NEWS WATCH" (voice-over): On a "Fox News Watch," a hidden camera records Mitt Romney talking to supporters at a fundraiser in Florida. The video, released by a liberal media site, ignites a firestorm of attacks and negative coverage in the mainstream press.

    Romney's words serve as another distraction, consuming the coverage and taking the focus off the president and the real issues at hand.

    New details about the deadly attacks in Libya. Last week, the media bought the White House spin. Have they changed their coverage now that we know it was a terror attack?

    Now there's proof the Department of Justice colluded with liberal media watchdog, Media Matters, to hammer DOJ critics. What's wrong with this picture?

    Speaking of pictures, candid photos of Kate Middleton make news and get big reactions from the royal family and press.

    Reverend Jesse Jackson makes another historic trip to free two captive Americans and the mainstream media are no shows.

    And NBC compares liberal cable noise makers with the success of Fox News.


    BILL O'REILLY, HOST OF "THE O'REILLY FACTOR": If you're going to be successful in national television, you're going to have imitators. But, look, let's can honest here, not many people are as obnoxious as I am.



    SCOTT (on camera): On the panel, writer and Fox News contributor, Judy Miller; Richard Grenell, who served as press spokesman for the last four U.S. ambassadors to the U.N.; Jim Pinkerton, contributing editor, the American Conservative magazine; and Fox News political analyst, Juan Williams.

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

    SCOTT (voice-over): Some of the media headlines earlier this week following the release of a secretly recorded video of Mitt Romney, speaking to a group of supporters at a fundraiser in May.


    MITT ROMNEY, (R), FORMER MASSACHUSETTS GOVERNOR & PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what, all right. They are 47 percent who are with him, who dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it. But that's an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what. That's -- I mean, the president starts off with 48, 49, 48 -- he starts off with a huge number. These are people who pay no income tax. 47 percent of Americans pay no income tax. So our message of low taxes doesn't connect.


    SCOTT: The hidden-camera clip, made public by the liberal Mother Jones magazine, quickly became the focus of the mainstream press. CNN reporting, "The video quickly caught fire as potentially damaging material to the Republican presidential nominee." The Associated Press, "Romney keeps relearning history's gaffe lessons." And Politico's Jonathan Martin --


    JONATHAN MARTIN, POLITICO: The worst gaffes reinforce the character about the person. And that is, I think, the problem with this video.


    SCOTT: Political analysts in the press latched onto this latest diversion to repeat the media meme that the Republican candidate is out of touch.


    ANDREA GILLESPIE, POLITICAL SCIENCE ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, EMORY UNIVERSITY: Mitt Romney's comments didn't convey any sense of empathy at all, which is what the problem is with those comments and also with his overall persona.

    PHIL ELLIOTT, AP POLITICAL REPORTER: He only has so much time left to come up with a credible reason why he should be commander in chief.


    SCOTT: Mitt Romney's message, clearly missed by most of the media, was defended by supporters and the candidate himself.


    CHRIS CHRISTIE, (R), GOVERNOR OF NEW JERSEY: He believes every American has to have skin in the game, has to have a stake. And he doesn't want the president wants, which a bigger, more bloated government that's taking more people's money and being more repressive of people's lives.

    ROMNEY: The problem right now, as you see in this country, so many people have fallen into poverty that they're not paying taxes. They have to rely on government. And the right course to help them is not just have the government handing out but, instead, government helping people to get back to good jobs.


    SCOTT: As for the secret video feeding the media narrative on Mitt Romney this week, Howard Kurtz, of The Daily Beast web site, tweeted, "I think the Romney 47 percent fundraising video has already been shown more often than the Rodney King beating tape."

    (on camera): Lots of topics to cover in connection with that hidden video.

    First of all, Jim, how did it feed into the media narrative? I mean, the liberal media must have thought this was a gift from heaven.

    JIM PINKERTON, CONTRIBUTING EDITOR, AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE MAGAZINE: Right. And they just had gotten through clobbering Romney about his speech -- his statement about Libya two weeks ago and then they had this. Let me sum up the last week's worth of coverage here, 10 minutes of Diane Sawyer and Brian Williams and Scott Pelley saying, well, what a problem this is for Romney. Obviously, his campaign is doomed. Then they cut away to the embassy being torched or protests or bad news about the Iraqis allowing Iranians to fly weapons into Syria, and they say, well, that's interesting. Then they move on. No context. A few lonely voices, like Charles Krauthammer, saying, look, the entire Obama foreign policy has collapsed in the last few months and that -- exception for the few people like Krauthammer, the mainstream media just move on to bears eating at parks or whatever it is. So that what remains is the 10 minutes of solid clobbering of Romney every night on the videotape issue.

    SCOTT: Do you agree, Judy? It was it a smoke screen for the media?

    JUDY MILLER, WRITER & FOX NEWS CONTRIBUTOR: I think it had to happen because so many conservatives, Jim, piled on. It wasn't just the liberal media. It was talking about a string of gaffes. I think Dana Milbank called it a one-man blooper reel. But it's a repeated set of mistakes, minor, major. This one is major. I don't think it's a great example of media bias. I think this is covering the man, the candidate.

    SCOTT: But when President Obama, for instance, said, Juan, that the Supreme Court could not overrule a law passed by Congress, that didn't get a whole lot of attention in the media, but the media pounced on this Romney thing?