• With: Judy Miller, Cal Thomas, Jim Pinkerton, Alan Colmes

    COLMES: Obama told them to put that in The Times.

    PINKERTON: This is -- well, somebody did.


    PINKERTON: No, but it’s clearly Obama forces. It’s clearly his...

    COLMES: Obama forces?


    COLMES: ... editors at The Times.

    PINKERTON: It’s an interesting kind of cannibalism on the Democratic side.

    SCOTT: Here’s something from The Wall Street Journal’s James Taranto. He noted before the debate, the left was confident that Romney would scare the hell out of voters by coming across as, in the words of New York Times editorialist David Firestone, a, quote, "strutting warmonger," unquote.

    After the debate, they started mocking him as Peacenik Mitt. Judy, is that accurate?

    MILLER: Well, there’s definitely several indications that he shifted positions.

    COLMES: Several?

    MILLER: And Alan is right that he did -- there were several conflicts with earlier positions...

    COLMES: Like every time he spoke.

    MILLER: ... that he has taken. But it tells you a lot about where this debate is at and how close Romney’s people must think that it is that he felt he was going to ingratiate himself to...

    COLMES: And what does he stand for?

    THOMAS: More -- more evidence of the crack in the media wall. Chris Cillizza of The Washington Post tweeted during that final debate, quote, "If you had no idea about the race, the level of aggression from Obama would make you think he is behind." CNBC’s John Harwood said the president looked like the challenger with his sharp attacks and interruptions!

    COLMES: Oh, my gosh! He looked like a challenger! Oh, my!

    SCOTT: And talk about media assessments, a lot of media paid attention to the body language of these two candidates. There were all kinds of articles written about how they looked and how they smiled, and so forth.

    MILLER: He was -- Governor Romney was unflappably beneficent. He had this expression on his face the whole time that never wavered.

    COLMES: It’s called a smirk to me, but...

    MILLER: No, it was not a smirk!

    COLMES: Yes, it was.


    PINKERTON: It was a calm (ph).

    MILLER: It was calm (ph), yes.

    PINKERTON: (INAUDIBLE) what Cal was saying about the criticism -- Pat Caddell, who admittedly is not an Obama fan, made the point, and having been through the Carter campaign in 1980, on the other -- where Obama is now, said Romney, like Reagan, passed what he called sort of the meta-issue test of, Are you ready to be president? And Reagan passed that on October 28th, 1980, and Romney passed it...


    COLMES: How about getting the geography wrong on where Syria is? I think that was (INAUDIBLE)

    SCOTT: More "News Watch" ahead.

    But first, if you see something you feel shows evidence of media bias, e-mail us at Newswatch@foxnews.com.

    Up next: Were the presidential debates really helpful?

    ANNOUNCER: Four big debates, four chances to get to know the men who want to lead our country for the next four years. Did the debates help you decide, or were they merely made-for-TV sideshows?


    VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN: With all due respect, that’s a bunch of malarkey.


    ANNOUNCER: That’s next on "News Watch."


    SCOTT: And that was it, the last face-to-face debate between President Obama and Governor Romney and the last chance for the media and voters to do a side-by-side comparison.

    So Jim, were these debates worth it?