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

    PINKERTON: Well, this -- the Irene thing was seen as a much lighter storm. And [INAUDIBLE]. Look, I would agree with Judy that Christie, you know, was focusing on being a governor of the state. However, there is a phrase in Washington, called strange new respect, which is to say when a Republican loose -- left endorses Democrats and so on, they get a strange new respect from the Washington Post, quote/unquote. And I think there's -- there's a little bit of that in Christie's behavior.

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    SCOTT: And Alan, suddenly, a strange new respect for ...

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    COLMES: I just want to point out that was a flak jacket we saw on Christie.

    What do you mean move left? He was caring about the people of his state. He saw that the president was on the phone with him three times a day. He didn't move left simply because he did the right thing by praising a commander in chief who was in charge of the storm ultimately in D.C. That's not moving left.

    GRENELL: I actually totally agree, except for the fact that so -- why did the media tell us, like Maureen Dowd and others jumped to the conclusion that suddenly he's moved left. I mean that's the problem with the media, is that you cannot define Chris Christie is suddenly doing the right thing one day and he's an evil guy the day before that, simply by doing his job. I feel like we need to put pressure on the media to be more substantive and not so shallow.

    COLMES: Well, that's ...

    GRENELL: Because that's a really shallow narrative.

    SCOTT: This visit that the president made, and, you know, Chris Christie and they were practically arm in arm walking the boardwalk and so forth, the media wrote it up as, you know, the president looking presidential. It gave him that opportunity. And that is worth all kinds of in terms of media exposure.

    PINKERTON: Exactly. Alan, we are here to cover the coverage of these stories. We're not covering the action, and so -- look, let's just say Christie did a good job as governor. He is an impressive figure. He knows his New Jersey geography. One time he was talking to Steve Doocy, and Steve Doocy says there is a dam at XYZ place in New Jersey's, and Christie says, oh, no, that's actually a natural berm. That's a pretty good command of his gubernatorial duties. However, on the narrative issue, as I think Rick was getting at, the liberal mainstream media were happy to say Chris Christie is no longer this right-wing hack who spoke at the Republican convention as a keynoter. He is now this guy who embraces our hero.

    COLMES: I don't think ...

    PINKERTON: And I think that shaped the coverage a good deal.

    COLMES: I don't think Christie was ever looked at as a right wing hack. This is a guy who came out in favor of Muslim judge that he appointed ...

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    COLMES: This is a guy who [INAUDIBLE] not taking the position of his ideological brothers or sisters in the Republican Party. I don't think anybody would regard Christie as a hack.

    SCOTT: What about the media treatment of Governor Romney and his reaction to the storm? I mean, there were replays of his, you know, comments about federal funding. There were comparisons to John McCain pulling out of the campaign in '08 when the financial crisis hit.

    GRENELL: Before he even spoke, you had a Buzzfeed reporter by the name of McKay Coppins getting caught on audio saying, I'm hear to listen to Governor Romney because there is a 40 percent chance he's going to say something really stupid. So, this is a reporter getting ready to jump before Governor Romney even spoke. I think that tells you everything about the press corps following Governor Romney. They were never going to let him have a chance.

    COLMES: One guy tells you everything about ...

    MILLER: Yes.

    GRENELL: Absolutely.

    COLMES: Let's use him as the example. That's the ...

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    PINKERTON: I can help, Alan, I can help.

    COLMES: Thank you very much.

    PINKERTON: You are welcome. Tim Graham at the Media Research Center rattled off a bunch of reporters, Andrea Mitchell, Martin Bashir, Dana Bash, a whole slew pretty much sounding like McKay Coppins. How is that?

    COLMES: You got me.

    SCOTT: MSNBC criticized Romney for collecting donations for hurricane victims.

    COLMES: Oh, let me -- let me -- well, first of all this guy goes to Wal-Mart, he spends $5,000 of campaign money to get stuff that the Red Cross says it does not want, to give the people to give back to him for a photo top, and you have got Ryan telling people, workers at a shelter where Ryan is going, pack the stuff slower so Ryan could get there in time for the photo op. That's outrageous.

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    GRENELL: I think what we need to do is send Alan into Staten Island right now so that Alan can tell all those people that the Red Cross isn't doing the right thing.

    COLMES: I'm telling what the Red Cross said, this was purely a photo op.

    GRENELL: Well, the Red Cross is messed up.

    COLMES: You were talking about in terms of the coverage--

    GRENELL: Staten Island residents are furious at the Red Cross.

    COLMES: Romney and Ryan are ...

    MILLER: They should have ...

    GRENELL: Where is the Red Cross? They should have taken Romney's donations and [INAUDIBLE] to Staten Island.

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    COLMES: They are cavalierly looking for nothing but coverage and photo-ops for this storm. Shame on them.