• With: Judy Miller, Alan Colmes, Jim Pinkerton, Richard Grenell

    This is a rush transcript from "Fox News Watch," November 3, 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"...


    UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Millions will be without power, possibly up to seven days or so.


    SCOTT: News reporters hit the beach on Monday watching and waiting for Hurricane Sandy and warning East Coast residents of impending disaster.

    With some hype and hysteria, the media dubbed Sandy a monster Frankenstorm. Tuesday morning gave way to incredible images of destruction and sorrow. Was the coverage done right? Government officials and politicians got the media spotlight giving updates and assessments, but did some take advantage of the situation to promote their positions and politicize the problems and did the media help them do it?

    The Election Day just days away. Did Hurricane Sandy cause a media distraction taking the heat off the president on some key issues? Most in the media still in a blackout over the terror attacks in Benghazi, ignoring new details about what happened and accused of helping the White House cover up the real story. And do the TV shows you watch have any influence on who you will pick as president?


    ALEC BALDWIN, ACTOR "30 ROCK": Lemon , didn't you get ordained and perform a lesbian wedding last summer?

    TINA FEY, ACTRESS "30 ROCK": Yes, I marry Becky and Dee.


    SCOTT: On the panel this week, writer and Fox News contributor Judy Miller, Richard Grenell who served as press spokesman for the last four U.S. ambassadors to the U.N. Jim Pinkerton, contributing editor of the American Conservative magazine and Alan Colmes, author of Thank the Liberals for Saving America. He's also a host of the "Alan Colmes Show." I'm Jon Scott. "Fox News Watch" is on right now.


    SCOTT PELLEY, ANCHOR, "CBS EVENING NEWS": We're on the southern tip of Manhattan, the area known as the Battery, named for the battery of cannons erected here in the 17th century to defend the young city. But nothing could defend New York City from the wall of water that came crashing ashore in one of the biggest storms so far of the 21st century.

    BRIAN WILLIAMS, ANCHOR, "NBC NIGHTLY NEWS": A huge portion of the Eastern seaboard is crippled tonight. Millions of viewers cannot see this broadcast because they are heading into another night in the dark.

    DIANE SAWYER, ANCHOR, "ABC WORLD NEWS": Millions of American families are trying to recover from a devastating blow super storm Sandy.

    BRET BAIER, HOST OF "SPECIAL REPORT": What was billed as the biggest storm to ever hit the Atlantic coast delivered a crippling blow to the northeast.


    SCOTT: Hurricane turned monster storm Sandy took the top spot in the news cycle this weekend. Jim, the media often get criticized for hyping or overhyping these things. How did they do this time?

    JIM PINKERTON, AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE MAGAZINE: Well, I think that Howard Kurtz at CNN said it well, he said, look, this is the rare storm that actually lived up to its hype. This was everything the weather forecasters said it would be and maybe even a little worse. And I think the coverage, it was -- the immediate proof that elections were uncertain and we're all -- but we could go talk about the election, and now we are talking about the storm. And I think rightly so because it's a bigger story, frankly.

    SCOTT: Do the media approach the coverage with an agenda or is it just to tell the stories?

    JUDY MILLER, WRITER & FOX NEWS CONTRIBUTOR: Well, I think there is a kind of there is a desire on the part of the media to make it a big story. And there was a little of that before the actual event, but I think that the social media were out there ahead of the mainstream media because before this was a storm, it was a hash tag which was Frankenstorm. You know, we were already anticipating what happened. So, in this case, you know, if anything you could say the media didn't warn people enough.

    SCOTT: But the problem with social media is that sometimes bad information gets out there and moves faster than the hurricane itself.

    ALAN COLMES, www.alan.com You have to go through the weeds, the hash tag before the storm ...


    COLMES: You have to go -- you know, you have to kind of pick and choose who are you following on Twitter, and who you do on Facebook and, you know, pick your sources carefully because there is so much stuff out there to wade through to get all the right information.

    SCOTT: It didn't take long, though, for liberal media to trot out climate change as the reason behind this storm?

    RICHARD GRENELL, FMR. SPKSMAN, LAST 4 U.S. AMBASSADORS TO U.N.: Yes, and that is silly, right. I mean the hype of the storm beforehand is somebody who doesn't live on the East Coast. I live in Los Angeles. You know, most people I think were looking at this as saying yet again there is a big hype about an oncoming storm. And we weren't really paying attention until we started to see the Twitter photos and the firsthand accounts. And then to start immediately seeing the liberal media start to talk about it.

    COLMES: It wasn't the media. Governor Cuomo of New York was the one who actually brought this up.

    GRENELL: I mean come on.

    COLMES: It just says, let's not blame the media.


    GRENELL: In 50 years, we've only had this ...


    GRENELL: for something like this.

    SCOTT: The conservative Governor Cuomo, that's ...

    COLMES: But he is not the media, he is a governor looking out for the people of his state.

    SCOTT: All right.