SCOTT: Let’s talk about that. CBS had that big interview on "60 Minutes" with the president on September 12th, but this part of the interview was not carried on the broadcast. It was put on the Internet. Play it now.
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OBAMA: We’re still investigating exactly what happened. I don’t want to jump the gun on this. But you’re right that this is not a situation that was exactly the same as what happened in Egypt. And my suspicion is, is that there are folks involved in this who were looking to target Americans from the start.
So we’re going to make sure that our first priority is to get our folks out safe, make sure that our embassies are secured around the world. And then we are going to go after those folks who carried this out.
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SCOTT: September 12th, the day after the attacks -- Judy.
MILLER: Yes, well, it didn’t air! CBS did not air that broadcast tape, that portion of it, incomprehensibly! I mean, what were they thinking? Especially when, as Alan said, this became an issue, you’d think at some point, CBS would have chosen to publicize some very interesting footage that it had.
SCOTT: And then there’s ABC. The Media Research Center folks, which are -- they are, you know, a conservative-leaning media watchdog organization, say that all of the major news networks except ABC did some - - at least one major story about it. ABC did 20 seconds. Brent Bozell, the president of MRC, says ABC has been shielding Obama from the Benghazi fallout for weeks in order to help him win reelection, but the American people see right through it.
PINKERTON: Right. And again, just to anticipate Alan here for a second...
COLMES: You don’t need me (INAUDIBLE)
PINKERTON: If the Media Research Center’s facts about timing to the second, how many seconds each network devoted to the story are correct, then it doesn’t matter whether they have bias or not. They’re simply pointing out a true statement that...
COLMES: ... more time on the story, they would have pointed out the link to the film, for example, and some of the other issues that have not been covered in any of the media.
SCOTT: We have the rest of the hour to continue to fight this out.
Next on "News Watch," the closing presidential debate.
ANNOUNCER: The presidential candidates face off for a final time in their last big debate, taking on concerning (ph) issues of foreign policy. Did the coverage reflect the real outcome, or was media bias clear and present? Answers next on "News Watch."
SCOTT: the third and final debate between Governor Mitt Romney and President Obama, a record-breaking audience watching here on Fox News channel -- thank you -- as the candidates took aim at one another.
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OBAMA: I think Governor Romney maybe hasn’t spent enough time looking at how our military works. You mentioned the Navy, for example, and that we have fewer ships than we did 1916. Well, Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets because the nature of our military’s changed. We have these things called aircraft carriers, where planes land on them. We have these ships that go underwater, nuclear submarines. And so the question is not a game of Battleship, where we’re counting ships, it’s -- it’s what are our capabilities.
ROMNEY: The reason I call it an apology tour is because you went to the Middle East and you flew to Egypt and to Saudi Arabia and to -- to Turkey and Iraq. And by the way, they noticed that you skipped Israel. In then in those nations and on Arabic TV, you said that America had been dismissive and derisive. You said that on occasion, America had dictated to other nations! Mr. President, America has not dictated to other nations. We have freed other nations from dictators.
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SCOTT: Let’s start with President Obama’s performance, first of all, in that debate. How did the media react?
THOMAS: Well, there were several on the liberal side who said that they thought he was condescending. But Jon, I really think the media wall that has been defending the president is beginning to crack.
Here are just a few comments. Here’s David Gergen. Quote, "I think Mitt Romney did something that was extremely important to his campaign tonight. And that was he passed the commander-in-chief test." Chuck Todd of NBC News said on MSNBC, "The president’s got bigger problems than trying to disqualify Mitt Romney now. The president has to requalify himself for a second term." That’s pretty amazing stuff.
SCOTT: What about the reaction to Mitt Romney’s performance?
MILLER: Well, I think that he was definitely moving to the center, which many, many commentators who were watching the debate pointed out. This was a kinder, gentler Mitt Romney, who didn’t want to scare away women voters.
But I think that a number of people were struck, as Cal said, by the president’s patronizing attitude towards Mitt Romney, which even Rachel Maddow, who’s hardly a right-winger, had to point out.
I think Governor Romney did himself a lot of good with that, and I think most of the media recognized it.
COLMES: How do you know which Romney you’re going to get? This was moderate Mitt. All of a sudden, you had Mitt Romney -- how are conservatives going to be assured that this is the guy that was so hawkish up until two weeks before the debate at least, and all of a sudden, he’s agreeing with almost everything -- I think the shorter Mitt Romney of that debate was, "What he said."
THOMAS: He’s trying to (INAUDIBLE) like Bill Clinton.
PINKERTON: It’s always touching when Alan expresses concern for conservatives and how they might...
COLMES: I care about you because...
PINKERTON: A fascinating subtext to this debate is that Matt Bai, who’s an important reporter for The New York Times, wrote an article about how Bill Clinton may have hurt the Obama campaign -- repeat, hurt the Obama campaign. And the -- and this is -- clearly Obama forces going to The New York Times and saying, you know, Look, we followed Clinton’s advice trying to say that Romney was a right-winger, and now he turned out to be moderate, as Judy was saying...
COLMES: They printed that...
PINKERTON: And now they’re blaming Clinton. I mean, this is...