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

    PINKERTON: I have to admit, though, that even the global warming things, I look, there were news figures saying, and so the reporters, obviously, were eager, eager, eager to bring that angle up. But I want to just highlight what I think the worst coverage of this whole thing, which is Brian Williams on Rock Center doing a segment on Alec Baldwin who many of you know is an NBC employee, so an NBC employee talking about an NBC employee, saying, Alec Baldwin is visiting -- volunteering on behalf of people in this building, in this neighborhood in New York City. He doesn't want to be on camera and then he was on camera. I mean getting completely a total puff job from NBC. I mean it was -- aside from the product placement of this, it was just -- there is other aspects of Alec Baldwin's personality, which other than -- other than altruism including calling his daughter ...

    COLMES: How dare do they show a liberal's altruism? Terrible.

    PINKERTON: I think Emmy nomination must be around the corner.

    SCOTT: Well, Jim brought in this -- the copy of The New York Times from Friday, but I just wanted to highlight. And I don't know if you were going to highlight this. But it did manage to include "he storm propels Bloomberg, New York City's mayor on -- into Obama's corner." So, they managed to find room for that on the front page.

    MILLER: Well, this was clearly a very important endorsement. And it was unexpected, because Mayor Bloomberg had been fairly critical of President Obama's performance.

    SCOTT: Well, and as they are still cleaning up this storm there are a lot of people pretty critical of Mayor Bloomberg's performance.

    COLMES: Shouldn't it be front page news in a New York paper that the New York mayor unexpectedly endorsed the President of the United States?


    COLMES: Why would we be surprised about it?

    MILLER: With Mayor Bloomberg, it's always unexpected.


    GRENELL: Well, yes, but it's -- Mayor Bloomberg was not at the Republican convention.

    COLMES: He is not a Republican.

    GRENELL: He didn't speak.

    COLMES: Really?

    GRENERLL: There is the point.

    COLMES: He was at one time.

    GRENELL: So, he is not a Republican, so why are we excited that he supported the Democrat?

    PINKERTON: But I like what Dave Weigel at Slate said, OK, maybe Obama now should get Bloomberg who's endorsed him to not run the New York City marathon in the middle of all this, you know, tragedy, and so on. And again, we'll see if other people make that link between Bloomberg and Obama on that score.

    SCOTT: Well, that is the thing. I mean if, you know, Mayor Bloomberg is getting more and more criticism from people on Staten Island and elsewhere who -- who say you know, you are pulling police resources away from us to run the marathon and that sort of thing. I mean this could become a real problem for him politically?

    GRENELL: Yeah, there is no question. At first I think the whole media narrative was that this storm was going to help President Obama. He ran out there with a bomber jacket. And the images of him being in charge were something that we all, I guess wanted to see and the media really wanted to tell. But at the end of the day, it didn't really go that well. We're seeing New Yorkers who are still without electricity, still without heat. And yet, Obama is now off doing something else. I think this whole bomber jacket is a perfect symbol for a shallow ...

    UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You wanted to blame it on Chris Christie who also had a bomber jacket. Or we are just ...


    GRENELL: I'd say let's look at the jacket and see that as a symbol of what's wrong with [INAUDIBLE].


    PINKERTON: I think that if it had been Bush 43, I [INAUDIBLE] would have been foot screen, Bush 43 campaigning for re-election and people in Staten Island looking for their power.

    SCOTT: Considering where this storm hit and the media's usual attention span, how long is Sandy and its aftermath going to get coverage?

    MILLER: Well, In the New York metropolitan area it's going to get a lot of coverage, probably because we are still or some of us are still so devastated by it. But I think that overall the media is going to move on to the election. There is going to be a second day story on Mayor Bloomberg's decision not to cancel the marathon. I suspect that's going to get a lot more -- big debate this weekend.

    SCOTT: And I just have to give a shout out to Janice Dean, our Fox forecaster who on Thursday, the week before the storm hit, was talking about how bad it could be. Erik Wemple who blogs for The Washington Post apparently slammed her and said, "Given what we know about the storm, as it makes its way toward landfall, is it too early to vindicate the hyperventilating Dean and her employer? No way!" Well, Mr. Wemple you are not apparently a meteorologist and Janice did a great job.

    Next on " News Watch" , Hurricane Sandy spins over the East Coast and the media spin and the coverage.


    UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Hurricane Sandy pounds the East Coast. Sandy reporters scrambling to cover the super Storm's wrath. Did the wall to wall coverage of the devastation drown out coverage of the campaign? And the media turned a spotlight onto President Obama's post storm efforts, but what attention did the media give Governor Romney? Answers next on "News Watch."



    GOV. CHRIS CHRISTIE, R-N.J.: I don't give a damn about Election Day. It doesn't matter a lick to me at the moment. I got much bigger fish to fry than that. So do the people in the state of New Jersey, so let the politicians who are on the ballot worry about Election Day. It's not my problem, I'm not dealing with it at the moment.


    SCOTT: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie there answering the question from the press about his concerns regarding election day. He had bigger issues to deal with at that point. He said, Judy, the media opinion of Christie took a turn this week. Can you summarize?

    MILLER: Yeah, this is called doing well by doing the right thing or the non-political thing which turned out to be very political. You know, Chris Christie is amazing, but I think he saw which way the political winds are blowing. He also understood that the devastation that had just befallen his state required him to do the right thing. And he responded well and President Obama owes him a very, very big thank you card.

    SCOTT: Yeah, last year Christie took a lot of heat when he told people to get the hell off the beach. That was his quote when Hurricane Irene was approaching, this time he didn't get so much flack.