• With: Judy Miller, Jim Pinkerton, Ellen Ratner, Richard Grenell

    SCOTT: But there you again, you know, you have 114,000 jobs created. That's not enough to keep up with population growth.

    MILLER (?): (INAUDIBLE) 150,000.

    SCOTT: Right. Doesn't keep up with population growth. But the headline and the president is already out there talking about the fact that we're going in the right direction.

    PINKERTON: Look, what critics of the Obama administration had to do beginning three years ago was introduce new metrics, like the labor force participation rate or U5. There's other metrics that are much more discouraging (INAUDIBLE) make the Republican argument. As long as the unemployment number by itself becomes the single metric, then the administration benefits.

    MILLER: As opposed to housing starts, which are very, very low.

    SCOTT: We're going to have to leave it there. But next on "News Watch," have the media finally caught up with the Libya terror attacks?

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    HILLARY CLINTON, SECRETARY OF STATE: Let's establish all the facts before we jump to any conclusions.

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    ANNOUNCER: The administration is still tap dancing around the details of the deadly terror attacks on our consulate in Libya. Why aren't the media pushing for the answers? That answer next on "News Watch."

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    HILLARY CLINTON, SECRETARY OF STATE: Well, let me start by cautioning everyone on seizing on any single statement or piece of information to draw final conclusions. It's essential that we go through all of the information and the entire context, so that we can get a full and complete, accurate understanding of what happened. I take this responsibility very seriously, and I believe that our diplomats, our leaders, and the American people deserve a rigorous, serious, careful process.

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    SCOTT: That is Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday vowing to provide a full and accurate account of the attacks on U.S. consulate in Benghazi that killed four Americans. The terror attack taking place just a little over three weeks ago on September 11th. So, was that directed at the media? Rick, I mean was she telling reporters, hey, back off, don't be looking into the story and don't be, you know, pulling diaries out of the rubble?

    RICHARD GRENELL, FMR. SPOKESMAN, LAST 4 U.S. AMBASSADOR TO THE U.N.: What I actually heard her say, is, in summary, hey, Susan Rice misspoke.

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    SCOTT: Susan Rice, the U.N. ambassador...

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    SCOTT: ... who went on the Sunday shows a few days after the attacks to say...

    GRENELL: Unequivocally...

    SCOTT: ... this was -- this was all just a spontaneous attacks, spontaneous demonstration.

    GRENELL: Yeah, with what we saw from the Secretary of State there was don't jump to conclusions. However, she should have said that to the U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice because Susan Rice judged to conclusions and told us unequivocally what happened. I'm actually really perplexed as to why the media has not gone to Susan Rice to -- as a follow-up, to say, what were you talking about? Because the facts have now proven you to be wrong. Where is the U.N. press corps? Where is the State Department press corps?

    SCOTT: Well ...

    GRENELL: Why are they not going with the microphones...?

    ELLEN RATNER, BUREAU CHIEF, TALK RADIO: Because you cannot get to Susan Rice. I mean we were also covering ...

    SCOTT: So, she is in a bunker?

    RATNER: No, but she does not make herself really very available.

    SCOTT: She was very available on Sunday morning. She made the rounds of all the shows.

    RATNER: She was, but then -- but then when you try and talk to her at the United Nations she will come out sometimes in front of the Security Council, make a couple of statements, take one question and she is gone.

    JIM PINKERTON, THE AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE MAGAZINE: She tried the press visibility thing, and look, how that (ph) got (ph) for ...

    RATNER: Right.

    PINKERTON:  And now, look, I mean every time -- when I heard Secretary Clinton say, which is, and I thought well, look, let's get to this after the election, please, do us one favor, give us a couple of months, and then you can investigate all you want.

    JUDY MILLER: I think that when at the same time that Susan Rice was making her unequivocal statement about what this was and what had caused it. We had Eli Lake in The Daily Beast writing that within 24 hours there were indications from more than one intelligence source that this had been a pre-planned attack involving al-Qaeda or some elements thereof. So, clearly there is a conflicting view of the facts here and we do need to get to the bottom of it.

    PINKERTON: Well, thank God we have CNN and the Washington Post to go scour that site.

    RATNER: Jim, if you recall when you and I and went to Iraq in 2003, Jim actually walked into what was then their CIA and picked up documents that our government had just left behind and had ...

    PINKERTON: A whole building full to be honest. And it was quite something. And a lot of fun, frankly, back then. However, I mean, look some of this is just the fog of war and fog of life, the fog of investigation. It is kind of astonishing, though, that you think that they would have put up a perimeter around the site so that Washington Post reporters couldn't go there and find out. If they were really interested in getting to the bottom of this.

    SCOTT: Well, and Rick, is the administration concerned that, you know, one month out to an election they don't want to read a bunch of headlines about how this nation may have known or should have known about terrorists planning an attack on our facilities?

    GRENELL: Oh, clearly. The narrative that the Obama administration is pushing is that Osama bin Laden is dead and we are fine. Al-Qaeda has been pushed aside. So, the media are following, however, at one's quick prediction, I think, ABC's Martha Raddatz who is the moderator for the vice presidential debate, she is a foreign policy expert, I think she will get Joe Biden on this.