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

    GRENELL: I'll tell you why, I'll tell you why.


    PINKERTON: Rick is much more an expert than I am, but I know it's spin, because the New York Times reports that this was done specifically to refute -- that's their word, refute.


    PINKERTON: Fox News, that's spin. When you say Fox News is reporting one thing, and now we need to have this major multi-media offensive--

    COLMES: Because Fox News was one of the only media outlets that's reported it that way, but the Associated Press came out on October 10 with a whole bunch of information and talking about how there was an immediate response, that the White House responded immediately, that they went crosstown, militia men from Libya came by. October 10, Associated Press ...


    GRENELL: Here is the problem. If that's true, if the White House responded immediately, why immediately did they blame it on the YouTube video?

    COLMES: That's irrelevant, whether it's a YouTube video ...

    GRENELL: It's not irrelevant.

    COLMES: You know why --


    COLMES: That it was a YouTube video.

    GRENELL: I'm going to tell you why it matters. It's because on August 15th as Jim was alluding to, Ambassador Stevens and his security team came together and assessed their problems. And they said, we cannot sustain an attack. They put that in a secret cable, they sent it to the NSC and to Hillary Clinton's people. Nothing was done, however they knew that there was a security problem. The moment there was a security problem, the White House scrambled and said, oh, it's not a security problem, it's a YouTube video protest. If they knew all this, that you are now saying ...

    COLMES: I have my notes...

    GRENELL: If they knew all this, they didn't admit it.


    COLMES: But the word at the beginning on the ground was that it was a video, and that it was part of what was going on, and we can't discount that there ....

    MILLER: Alan ...

    COLMES: ... what resulted in the protests ...

    MILLER: Alan, this is the oldest game in Washington, and you know it. The meme, the reason the CIA put out this timeline conveniently to these newspapers is to shift the blame, not my fault. We reacted quickly.

    COLMES: It didn't just come out Thursday night. Associated Press, October 10, they immediately sounded the alarm, and they telephoned the embassy. Libyan authorities and the U.S. quick reaction force, located in compound a little over a mile away.


    COLMES: That was what was happening at that compound. They had militia people, they had a force of dozens of militia people ...


    GRENELL: And the CNN still found a diary laying on the ground.

    PINKERTON: And I said last week, that there was cannibalism here, when I was said that time they were blaming Bill Clinton for their problems on the election, this is more cannibalism, whatever happens in this election, whoever -- they are going to soon have to sort out who gets the blame. And David Petraeus and the CIA have done the best to make sure it is not them.

    SCOTT: We're going to have to answer a couple of more questions on this story the next segment. Also, the polls show what Americans think but are the media paying attention?

    UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Polls show Americans care more about the economy and jobs. Polls show voters think Romney can fix the economy and create jobs. But the media aren't connecting the dots. Why not? Find out next on news watch.


    SCOTT: Continuing our discussion of media coverage of the Benghazi attacks. The San Diego Times Union on Friday in an editorial asked this, among other questions, why won't the mainstream media treat the incontrovertible evidence of the White House's dishonestly and incompetence like the ugly scandal it obviously is? And then there was this from a group called Special Operations Speaks PAC, or SOS. They took out a Facebook page asking this question or making this statement. "Obama called the SEALs and they got bin Laden. When the SEALs called Obama, they got denied." Facebook then took that page down and said it violated its terms of agreement, its agreement usage terms. Facebook later apologized and said all of that was an error. What do you make of all of this?

    PINKERTON: COO of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg, ex-Clinton administration official, takes down an anti-Obama thing. I am mystified. I can't guess why.


    MILLER: I guess in this case, Jim, information did not want to be free.

    SCOTT: My good friend Rick has already corrected me, it's the San Diego Union Tribune. Not Times Union. I'm sorry, my mistake.

    GRENELL: I'm glad that they apologized. I think that is important. They recognized. I think they should try to work to fix it of why somebody was a little bit too jumpy on this, because clearly somebody on the first level is censoring when they shouldn't.

    COLMES: Someone probably felt that they were doing the right thing, but Facebook ultimately did the right thing by apologizing. And hopefully it won't happen again. I think it was a shame that it did happen.

    SCOTT: Maybe they gave it more publicity than it would have received otherwise.

    All right. Let's transition to the election. The election comes Tuesday, of course. According to the latest Fox News poll, economic issues are most important to voters. And based on the Fox News poll, likely voters believe Governor Romney will do the best job to fix those economic issues. A Washington Post ABC News poll shows the same. Americans think Governor Romney is best suited to fixing the economy. So, are those concerns and are those capabilities reflected in the media coverage of this race? Alan, let's start with you.

    COLMES: Why would you start with me?