• With: Judy Miller, Cal Thomas, Jim Pinkerton, Kirsten Powers

    This is a rush transcript from "Fox News Watch," December 1, 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." Ambassador Susan Rice made the rounds on Capitol Hill this week trying to spin her way out of trouble with her GOP critics, but it didn't go the way she hoped.


    SEN. JOHN MCCAIN, R-ARIZ.: We are significantly troubled by many of the answers that we got and some that we didn't get.


    SCOTT: But the liberal media still defending Rice and denigrating her detractors.


    TOURE, CO-HOST, "THE CYCLE": All the white establishment folks, wrongly and repeatedly attacking a much younger black woman moments after an election in which blacks and women went strongly blue.


    SCOTT: Are any in the media concerned how this looks?


    PRESIDENT OBAMA: My hope is to get this done before Christmas.


    SCOTT: President Obama talking tough and standing his ground as America approaches the fiscal cliff, and the media in his corner again wishing Republicans to give in or take a leave.


    REP. JOHN BOEHNER, R-OHIO, HOUSE SPEAKER: The Democrats have yet to get serious.


    SCOTT: The New York Times gets caught reporting questionable items about the conflicts in the Middle East. A British judge releases his report on the phone hacking scandal in his country. How did the media here react? And Jay Leno sees the light.


    JAY LENO, HOST OF "THE TONIGHT SHOW": This is very dangerous for the White House if journalists should suddenly start asking real questions. You know...



    SCOTT: On the panel this week, writer and Fox News contributor Judy Miller. Syndicated columnist, Cal Thomas. Jim Pinkerton, contributing editor of the American Conservative Magazine and Daily Beast columnist Kirsten Powers.

    SCOTT: I'm Jon Scott; "Fox News Watch" is on right now.

    Ambassador Susan Rice asked for a face-to-face meeting with some of her most vocal critics to make things better. The meeting took place today and appears to have made things worse.


    SCOTT: Rice herself asked for the meetings, but the effort to smooth things over didn't exactly work.

    UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: For the first time she acknowledged her comments were wrong.

    BRET BAIER, HOST OF "SPECIAL REPORT": Susan Rice has been depicted as everything from a thrown under the bus sacrificial lamb to a willing political accomplice.

    SCOTT: Ambassador Susan Rice on Capitol Hill this week meeting with some of her critics, about how she wrongly characterized the deadly terror attacks in Benghazi on September 11th. As reported, the meetings did not clear things up.

    MCCAIN: We are significantly troubled by many of the answers that we got and some that we didn't get.

    SEN. KELLY AYOTTE, R-N.H.: I'm more troubled today knowing, having met with the acting director of the CIA and ambassador Rice.

    SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM, R-S.C.: I'm more convinced than ever that it was bad; it was unjustified to give the scenario as presented by Ambassador Rice and President Obama three weeks before an election.

    SCOTT: Well, her meetings with the senators getting all kinds of media attention, they might have pressured the press to push for some more details from the White House as Jay Leno noted on Thursday night.

    LENO: This week, CBS News became the first news organization besides Fox to ask President Obama who changed the Benghazi talking points, yeah. So this is very dangerous for the White House, if journalists should suddenly start asking real questions.


    SCOTT: So, what about it, Jim, if Jay Leno is asking that question, does it mean that the press might be finally catching on?

    PINKERTON: Well, I think a couple of things are happening here, first of all, the campaign of sort of race baiting against John McCain led by Richard Wolffe and Toure, don't forget the accent mark.

    SCOTT: We'll talk about that.