SCOTT: Do you think that's what's been determined?
MILLER: For some people, yes. Some people have bought into the administration's narrative, even though most of the information that's come out tends to question and challenge that narrative. There has been so little skepticism on the part of some of the media of what the administration has been saying.
SCOTT: You have said -- you've said, Jim, all along that information wants to be free. Now the information's coming out. The e-mails are coming out. But the media interest has been slow to develop.
JIM PINKERTON, AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE MAGAZINE, FOX CONTRIBUTOR: And they're perfectly happy to live with confusion and ambiguity and cloudiness about this. And an example of the kind of semantic sludge that we're dealing with, as Brent Baker at Newsbusters pointed out, when Brian Williams interviewed President Obama, he posed a question as, So Mr. President, it was a spontaneous terrorist attack.
Note the oxymoron, spontaneous -- those are two different things, spontaneity and terrorism. But the point is, you could give a question like that to the president, he -- oh, well, you know, we’re still working on it -- more smoke -- more smoke, more fudge, more clouds.
And the media go on -- and then they -- as Matthew Balan at Newsbusters pointed out, they’re much more happy on the "Today Show” -- NBC’s also channel -- station -- program -- showing Snooki vacuum cleaner reports, and of course, the all important Halloween costumes.
SCOTT: Yes, they’re...
ALAN COLMES, RADIO TALK SHOW HOST, FOX CONTRIBUTOR: I want to register Semanticsludge.com and...
COLMES: Of course, Newsbusters is a right-wing Web site, always looking -- they find anti-liberal -- or anti-conservative bias under every bed everywhere.
CAL THOMAS, SYNDICATED COLUMNIST, FOX CONTRIBUTOR: They don’t have to search far.
COLMES: Look, David Kirkpatrick reported in The New York Times that this, in fact, was related to a video. You have a -- the Washington Post reported the CIA briefing that came out on September 16th that said it was having to do with the video. There was all kinds of conflicting information. Condoleezza Rice just said the other day; You have to wait until all the information is out.
So is she part of the left-wing media? Why hasn’t the media reported more on these particular points, which all I keep hearing is how terrible the administration’s been, but the points I just mentioned have been rarely reported?
THOMAS: Let’s go back...
COLMES: Why is that?
THOMAS: ... 40 years, probably before you were born...
THOMAS: ... the 1972 election, Watergate was just starting to break. What was the media reaction there? They assigned Woodward and Bernstein of The Washington Post to dig these things out. The Nixon administration was stonewalling the media, trying to keep information from trickling out. It didn’t come out until after the election, and Nixon won a landslide against the late George McGovern. And -- but it did come out eventually.
Now, there are two questions here. First of all, if this were a Republican in the White House, the media would have already attached the suffix "gate" to it! Secondly, with the exception of FOX and the superior reporting of Jennifer Griffin, Bret Baier and Catherine Herridge, the major newspapers and the networks are not going after this cover-up -- and it is a cover-up...
COLMES: What makes (INAUDIBLE)
THOMAS: ... as the Watergate people -- the information about who knew what and when! Why didn’t they send the rescue operation in? Who made the decision to say, No, we don’t want those people to go on? These are all legitimate questions.
COLMES: And those questions need to be answered...
THOMAS: They do!
COLMES: ... once you get all the information, which you don’t get in the fog of an attack, as Condoleezza Rice herself said!
THOMAS: We’re six weeks afterward -- six weeks after the attack! How long does it take?
SCOTT: Judy, to you. The question is, are reporters reluctant to ask some of these questions because we’re in the middle -- I mean, we’re in the closing days, really, of a presidential campaign?
MILLER: I think it’s -- that may be a factor for some media. I think a lot of the other media are frightened by what Alan has referred to as the confusion about what actually happened.
But I would divide this story into two parts. What happened on the ground in Libya? How many people were there? Why were they assigned? Why was the security so -- why were there so few people in security?
An the second part of it is what did the president and the administration say to explain what happened? And on that, you’ve seen a singular lack of skepticism on the part of the media!
SCOTT: Go ahead.
PINKERTON: As Cal said, there are Pulitzer Prizes waiting to be won here.
PINKERTON: I mean, big name investigative reporters Bob Woodward, Seymour Hirsch, Brian Ross, all these people seem to be on the sidelines instead of digging into the story, for some strange reason!
COLMES: The president, by the way, said "terrorism" two successive days after September 11, and that gets lost. And this -- Mitt Romney kept -- misrepresented that in the second debate and...
MILLER: Alan, it’s not even clear that his reference to terror, to acts of terror, was to the events in Benghazi!
COLMES: Well, the second day in Denver...
MILLER: It was not clear.
COLMES: It actually was much clearer when he said it the second time in Denver after -- the day after the Rose Garden.