• With: Judy Miller, Cal Thomas, Jim Pinkerton, Juan Williams

    This is a rush transcript from "Fox News Watch," October 13, 2012. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

    JON SCOTT, HOST OF "FOX NEWS WATCH": On "Fox News Watch" -- the big one-night-only VP debate takes the media spotlight as the candidates take on the tough issues.


    VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN: We went ahead and made sure that we cut taxes for the middle class.

    REP. PAUL RYAN, REPUBLICAN VICE PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE: Shouldn't we have a Marine detachment guarding our ambassador in Benghazi, a place where we knew that there was an Al Qaeda cell with arms?


    SCOTT: Each candidate doing his best to hold his own against the competition.


    BIDEN: That's a bunch of malarkey.

    RYAN: I think the vice president very well knows that sometimes the words don't come out of your mouth the right way.



    SCOTT: How did the media score the showdown?


    BOB SCHIEFFER, HOST OF "FACE THE NATION": Are you saying that Governor Romney lied or was dishonest?

    DAVID AXELROD, OBAMA CAMPAIGN SENIOR ADVISER: Well, yes, I think he was dishonest. Absolutely.


    SCOTT: Following failed debate performance, the Obama campaign revs up their spin machine, labeling Mitt Romney a liar, and the media gets spun.


    REP. JASON CHAFFETZ, R-UTAH: ... how they can justify that this video caused this attack. It was a terrorist attack.


    SCOTT: Congress investigates the terror attack on our consulate in Benghazi, getting details about who knew what and when did they know it. Are the media interested now?

    Candidates' wives working hard for media attention. Are they getting fair treatment?

    And what does this photo tell us about media bias?

    On the panel this week, writer and Fox News contributor Judy Miller, syndicated columnist Cal Thomas, 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.

    The big event Thursday night, a one-night-only showdown between the candidates for vice president, an event highly anticipated by the political press. The first question out the gate was about the controversy surrounding the terror attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.


    RYAN: This Benghazi issue would be tragedy in and of itself, but unfortunately, it's indicative of a broader problem, and that is what we are watching on our TV screens is the unraveling of the Obama foreign policy, which is making the world more chaotic and us less safe.

    BIDEN: We weren't told they wanted more security then. We did not know they wanted more security then. And by the way, at the time, we were told exactly -- we said exactly what the intelligence community told us that they knew. That was the assessment. And as the intelligence community changed their view, we made it clear they changed their view. That's why I said we will get to the bottom of this.


    SCOTT: Well, considering the lack of media attention that the embassy attacks generally got -- and we've talked about it on this program before - - were you surprised that that was the first question coming out of the gate?

    JIM PINKERTON, AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE MAGAZINE, FOX CONTRIBUTOR: I was surprised. And then -- then I -- then I thought, Well, gee whiz, this'll be a pretty good debate and a pretty good case of moderating by Martha Raddatz. And then she failed to make the point that they knew that night of September 11 that it was a terrorist attack, not a mob.

    I mean, it was one thing to ask about the Benghazi attack and then not to follow up and say, wait a second. Just the day before, Mr. Vice President, we saw that the State Department was getting real-time video feeds from the site. And she let Biden get away with just saying, oh, well, you know, the intelligence community told us that, and with no pressing follow-up whatsoever. I thought -- I was shocked.

    SCOTT: Well, one wonders how many votes the Biden-Obama ticket will be getting from the intelligence community...


    SCOTT: ... after they essentially threw them under the bus.

    JUDY MILLER, WRITER, FOX CONTRIBUTOR: Right! And the State Department, whom they also threw under the bus. I mean, it was interesting when the vice president used the word "we." Who exactly was "we did not know" that this was going on because the State Department, according to the Thursday hearing on Capitol Hill -- they knew! They had Patrick Kennedy, the undersecretary of management, say; we turned down their request for additional security.

    So what is he talking about?