• With: Judy Miller, Cal Thomas, Jim Pinkerton, Kirsten Powers

    PINKERTON: ... from Colin -- Colin Powell. This was the opposite. This was then trying to play rope-a-dope with the media. And it's 18 days after -- or 17 days after the headline in the Washington Post attack on U.S. consulate determined to be al-Qaeda related or something like that. That is a triumph for them ...

    MILLER: Right.

    PINKERTON: ... in terms of fogging up the issue for two and a half weeks.

    FOLBAUM: So, there is a political motivation, Judy here, that this is a White House and administration that doesn't like to talk about a war on terror, that wants to create the impression, the narrative that al-Qaeda is weak and to the point of being nearly ineffective and certainly a terror attack by an al-Qaeda backed group on our consulate in Benghazi smacks in the face of all of that?

    MILLER: Well, precisely. And that is why you have this non-spinning and an unwillingness to back off and until the facts just won't let you say anything else about this ridiculous notion that this was all brought about by a protest. First of all, there were two attacks, people must separate them. One may or may not have been related at the consulate to some people protesting. Why do we not know the answer to that question? And secondly, there was another attack four hours later, at the annex, the secret annex. It was because of the media that we know that this was a CIA installation. Not because congressmen, senators and the government have been asking the question.

    PINKERTON: As Mark Twain said, a lie can get half a way around the world, before the truth gets its boots on. And, I mean for the most part the media caravan is going on to other that's subjects now, and back to the campaign. And David Muir spent all this time asking Romney how can we be (ph) in his interview with him last week. So, again, mission accomplished, even if the truth is a victim.

    THOMAS: Well, you know what? I think we know one thing for sure, though, if this had been a Republican president there would have been calls for an independent counsel, there would have been investigations by Congress and the suffix gate would have been affixed to Libya.

    FOLBAUM: There is still time for....

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    FOLBAUM: Somebody talked about 'Benghazi-gate' already. Coming up next on "News Watch," the replacement ref fiasco.

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    UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The goof ball is gone! Replacements sent packing. The real refs back on the job. Did the media blitz forced the NFL to end the lunacy on the field? We'll tackle that next on "News Watch."

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    FOLBAUM: Football fans giving NFL referees a standing ovation after Thursday night after the union that represents the refs and the league ironed out a deal to end the lockout. The NFL suffering a huge embarrassment when replacement refs made a bunch of bad calls. Especially one that gave a touchdown, a winning touchdown to the Seattle Seahawks against the Packers on Monday night. And Jim, if only deficit spending generated...

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    FOLBAUM: ... kind of the outrage that these replacements refs were.

    PINKERTON: Or the sort of unanimity. That somebody somewhere must have stuck up for the replacement refs, because the media likes that, but I never saw that person. I've never seen anything where Paul Ryan and then Barack Obama agreed, this is what ought to happen.

    FOLBAUM: It's true. And Judy created some very strange bedfellows. We have the Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker famous for being tough on the unions coming out in favor of the referee union.

    MILLER: Absolutely. And wonderful field day for cartoonists. Marvelous cartoons drawings of new signals for referees who have -- replacement referees who have no sense, no memory or let somebody else try it. I mean its great cartoons. But yeah, no debate here.

    FOLBAUM: Kirsten, was that political pandering, though, all these politicians right before Election Day coming out and rallying around a I guess sort of a no-brainer cause?

    POWERS: It seems no-brainer, but I don't ever pretend to know about sports or anything related to sports. So I don't want to try to give any announcement.

    FOLBAUM: Oh, come on.

    THOMAS: Well, let's pick up on that. Because Time magazine called it the pander bowl in terms of Obama's remark. He never answers shouted questions, but he stopped and asked one, on this, but, you know, there is something good that came out of all of this. I think that we ought to consider replacement journalists.

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    THOMAS: And people in there -- anchors the three networks and the broadcast networks. New York Times, the Washington Post. Let's get some replacements in there and see if they do any better.

    MILLER: Cal, we already have them, they are called bloggers.

    THOMAS: All right.

    PINKERTON: But you are seeing the power of social media. This was in some measure a Tweet driven story. A Twitter-driven story, I mean Barack Obama's tweet, Paul Ryan's tweet, Scott Walker's tweet. I mean everybody jumped in and they chose one particular medium to do it.

    FOLBAUM: I think it's nice, though, it kinds of demonstrates that there is so much more, Judy, that unites us than divides us?

    MILLER: Well, I -- yes, Kirsten and I are united on the fact that we were both too busy this week worried about Libya.

    POWERS: Yeah.

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    MILLER: -- really looking onto referees scandals, but never mind.

    MILLER: Yes.

    FOLBAUM: Any spillover from this, though, Cal, do you think? I mean next time Governor Walker has to run for election, his opponent is going to be playing or putting up his tweets in favor of the referee union?

    THOMAS: You have to understand about Wisconsin, the Green Bay Packers is the established religion there, nobody messes with them. So, I did -- I did hear Rush Limbaugh say this week that he is kind of disappointed that the replacement refs are gone, because he thought the ratings would suffer, people were tuning in to see what the next screw up would be.

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    FOLBAUM: Coming up next on “News Watch,” a gala to recognize the biased media. Don't go away.

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