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

    SCOTT: I thought we were the government.

    THOMAS: Exactly.


    PINKERTON: I'm trying to figure out where Cal is coming from on this one.


    MILLER: Yes.

    SCOTT: But the president, you know, was out in Philadelphia on Friday. He seems to be sort of, continuing the campaign almost as if he didn't win the election, and the media are playing along.

    PINKERTON: Again, look, there's no question the media are trying to push the Republicans toward a deal although there's a significant backlash against it. Look, the president is campaigning, right, he's campaigning, just like he's kept going, but it worked for him before November 6, why should he stop now?

    SCOTT: All right, more "News Watch" ahead. If you see something that you feel shows evidence of media bias, tweet us at "Fox News Watch" on Twitter. Next, on "News Watch" The New York Times breaks a key rule in journalism.


    UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Covering the conflicts in the Middle East, a real challenge for reporters to get the facts right. But are some reporters using bogus reports to tell the made up stories? Find out next on "News Watch."


    SCOTT: The dangerous job of reporting on wars and conflicts has been a topic on this program many times. According to the International Press Institute 119 journalists have been killed this year, a statistic noted by David Carr, the media reporter for The New York Times. In his article titled "Using War As Cover To Target Journalists," he also wrote on Tuesday, November 20th, "three employees of news organizations were killed in Gaza by Israeli missiles." Rather than suggesting it was a mistake or denying responsibility, an Israeli Defense Forces spokeswoman, Lieutenant Colonel Avital Leibovich told the Associated Press the targets are people who have relevance to terror activity. Judy, why is this guy getting criticized?

    MILLER: He's getting criticized appropriately, Jon, because he has confused people whom the IDF perhaps it didn't say it explicitly enough for Mr. Carr has accused of being terrorists. Now, let's be straight here, you can have a journalist who has strong opinions about how terrible what Israel is doing in Gaza. You can have a journalist who says, we've got to defend Israel. What you can't have is someone who is a member of a terrorist organization working for a news organization that is branded as an arm of that terrorist organization, masquerading as a journalist and complain when the Israelis target that journalist and that's what happened. Two of the people whom he pointed out as being journalists, actually, one of them is a card carrying member of Islamic Jihad who didn't even pretend to be a journalist and the second one was a military commander of Hamas, who was riding in a car with a journalist TV sign on the top. This is using journalists as human shields.

    THOMAS: Jon, I like his defense, David Carr's defense on this. He said, well, I ran this whole by my colleagues in the shop. It reminded me of what Larry King used to do in his old show on CNN, when he was subject of bias in the news, Larry would invite in a bunch of mainstream journalists, so he'd go around and say, any of you biased, and they would say, oh, no -- oh, well, that must settle it then.

    SCOTT: There was also this in that same column from Carr. He asserts, "As news media organizations become increasingly politicized, all journalists risk ending up as collateral casualties because they're working adjacent to outlets viewed as purveyors of propaganda. Legitimate fear there?

    POWERS: No, I don't think it is. I mean, I think these are some pretty -- look, you know, I'm not somebody who I think is considered a super pro-Israel person, I'm not anti-Israel, but I'm not one who will apologize for everything that they do and I think that this, this really crosses the line in terms of accusations. I think its fine to criticize them for humanitarian problems and so on, and so forth, but I think this goes a little far and as Judy has said, that doesn't seem to be an evidence to back it up, and I just wish people can admit when they're wrong. You know, why can't you just people make mistakes, look he made a mistake, he should just say he's wrong. You know...

    MILLER: Right.

    POWERS: If he got this information from somebody they thought was reliable, and he made a mistake, it happens, but he should take responsibility.

    PINKERTON: The challenge is who a journalist now, it goes up all the time in America about ...

    MILLER: That's right.

    POWERS: Exactly.

    PINKERTON: -- about bloggers, and, you know, are they journalists, are they subject to benefit from shield laws. What -- what are we going to do when everybody in Yemen, who's now Al Qaeda members says, by the way, I'm also a journalist, here is my press card, which I printed up down the street, and I've got my Twitter account, and my phone camera, and I'm now contributing to Al-Jazeera, or, you know, Al Qaeda TV, or whoever. This is going to have to get sorted out, because otherwise it's just going to keep happening. If we're in a situation where in particalized (ph) warfare, where the combat and the journalist and the innocent civilian are probably within a few yards of each other, and who gets killed?

    SCOTT: Also this week, Lord Justice Brian Leveson issued his year in the making report on the phone hacking scandal, which rocked the British tabloids. The investigation began following reports that News of the World," a now closed paper, formerly owned by the parent company of this network, hacked into personal cell phones to get personal information for the sort of stories that they pedaled. The investigation became much larger and included other British tabloids as well. In his report, Leveson accused the newspapers of acting recklessly and having no regard for privacy. He made a number of recommendations for the media including an independent board to watch over the media and insure they're free of any influence from industry and government. Concerns about freedom of the press were raised immediately. We will continue to watch this story and report as necessary.

    Next on "News Watch," the Onion strikes again.


    SCOTT: We end today's "News Watch" with a story from the "Lost in Translation" file. The Onion described as America's finest news source, actually, is a sometimes humorous news satire organization. For example, when then Senator Barack Obama was elected president in 2008, The Onion's headline captured the historic moment perfectly. "Black man given nation's worst job."/p>

    In its latest edition, the brilliant minds of The Onion named North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-Un, the sexiest man alive for 2012. Pretty funny, yes, but it gets even funnier than that. Because The People's Daily, one of China's largest and legitimate newspapers picked up the story and ran it for real, along with more than 50 pictures of the guy. The sarcasm of this description totally lost on the Chinese editors. "With his devastatingly handsome round face, his boyish charm and his strong sturdy frame, this Pyongyang-bred heartthrob is every woman's dream come true. Blessed with an air of power that masks an unmistakable cute cuddly side, Kim made this newspaper's editorial board swoon with his impeccable fashion sense, chic short hair style, and, of course, that famous smile."

    Had the folks of The People's Daily checked who made the Onion's sexiest man's list in the past? People like Bernie Madoff and Ted Kaczynski -- maybe they would have skipped that story. That's a wrap on "News Watch" for this week. Thanks to Judy Miller, Jim Pinkerton, Cal Thomas and Kirsten Powers. I'm Jon Scott. Thanks for watching. We'll see you back here next week.

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