UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Great.
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OBAMA: So ...
OBAMA: Congress -- Congress could take some lessons from the Vipers (ph) in terms of...
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Do you think they (inaudible) no game?
OBAMA: Yeah, they pass the ball, they high five each other.
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FOLBAUM: So, Cal, the president chose Whoopi over Bibi. Where is the outrage there?
THOMAS: This is another bequest from President Nixon who, as far as I can tell, started all this stuff when he went on the old show called "Laugh In" and spoke the immortal words, "Sock it to me?" And it's gone downhill ever since. But the interesting thing is, there is a freeze frame on the Internet that you can find, that shows the president and Mrs. Obama all light and bubbly and smiling while all of the others are speaking with (inaudible), Elizabeth Hasselbeck, the one conservative on "The View" started to ask a question, the president's face gets very grim, almost condescending, and Michelle Obama's face is like this.
FOLBAUM: You were watching very closely. Judy, word on Friday that the president in fact did have a conversation late in the week with the prime minister. The way that the media has covered the apparent problems in the relationship between these two world leaders. What do you think?
MILLER: Well, this is the longest running soap opera in foreign policy. You know, Bibi versus Obama. Of course, he had to do something to just make it -- make the damage less damaging than it was. He did not have the 13 bilaterals that he had the last time he was in New York. Obama didn't have any. And the media are saying that's perfectly OK because the man is running for office. That is an explanation. But to accept that on its face is I think a bit (inaudible).
FOLBAUM: Coming up next on "News Watch" world leaders speak their minds at the United Nations: how the media reacts.
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OBAMA: As president of our country and commander and chief of our military I accept that people are going to call me awful things every day. And I will always defend their right to do so.
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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: President Obama takes center stage at the U.N. delivering his view on world issues. Did the media buy what he was selling and how did the media react to other world leaders and some of the crazy things they said. Find out next on "News Watch."
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OBAMA: The attacks on the civilians in Benghazi were attacks on America. We are grateful for the assistance we received from the Libyan government and from the Libyan people. There should be no doubt that we will be relentless in tracking down the killers and bringing them to justice.
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FOLBAUM: President Obama addressing the United Nations General Assembly Tuesday sending a message. How was that message received by the press? He didn't mention terrorism, terror attacks. He talked a lot about that YouTube clip that Kirsten just mentioned again. How do you think the media responded?
PINKERTON: I think it was sort of a forgettable speech. And the media sort of did the president a favor by forgetting it for him. You know, Charles Krauthammer was -- called it, "bubbling." It's not exactly typical of the media. Look, Prime Minister Netanyahu stole the show from everybody including Ahmadinejad with that cartoon, right out of the Rocky and Bullwinkle."
PINKERTON: And that will be one of the most famous images of the U.N. General Assembly speech ever, this year
FOLBAUM: And yet, if you were following on Twitter while the prime minister was giving his speech he was being mocked for using an illustration that people said was cartoonish.
POWERS: Yeah, well, because apparently he was supposed to draw a nuclear bomb instead of the sort of universally understood symbol for a bomb. And just the outrage over the fact that he would do this was so disproportionate. There was just no outrage about what he was actually saying, the idea of Iran having a nuclear weapon was not offensive, but that cartoon.
POWERS: Very offensive.
FOLBAUM: Did you like the speech? What about the coverage of the speech?
MILLER: I thought that the New York Times played it as the lead story of the day. I think for Obama it was a very tough speech. He did talk about the importance of American values and commitment to First Amendment, which he really hadn't emphasized before. So I think that the press in general, Jim said, most of them chose to forget -- I think they covered it at great length. I hope that some of the people listening to the speech for whom the speech is intended like Iran got the message, but I don't think they did.
FOLBAUM: You -- we talked a little bit about the prime minister. The wires services, the news agencies, Reuters and the AP sending out a picture of the prime minister at the podium delivering his speech. Let's take a look at this. Why would they choose these two particular pictures...
FOLBAUM: ... to send out to clients all over the world?
FOLBAUM: Cal, what is up?
THOMAS: Oh, you know, this is so offensive. I mean anybody who thinks that the media don't editorialize even in their pictures is a fool. The other thing that they don't understand -- don't wish to understand is that there is no moral equivalency here between Iran and Israel and the United States. America and Israel hold to certain values, pluralism, tolerance, religious pluralism, equal rights for women, all of these things, we are in a cultural war, a clash of civilizations. The media continue to buy into this myth that they bought into during World War II and in the months and years preceding it that dictators can be appeased by simply giving something that they lack. And you see that in the editorials and the columnists of most of The New York Times, Washington Post and L.A. Times. It's...
PINKERTON: It's quite wrong.
FOLBAUM: And so, by photo editors, Kirsten, showing those pictures of Prime Minister Netanyahu posing as the worst dictator in the history of dictatorships.