• With: Judy Miller, Richard Grenell, Jim Pinkerton, Kirsten Powers

    MILLER: No, no, no, we can make it harder to kill that many people in a minute. We can do that. As the president said, and I think it was worth taking note of and covering, we can do that.

    GRENELL: I think China can control behavior, but we can't.

    PINKERTON: You might also note, by the way, the American people who do have a voice in this. The media will do their best to ignore what the American people think, but Gallup did a survey on this and said, what do you think we ought to do to stop these shootings in the wake of Newtown? Number one answer, more cops; number two answer, mental health; number three, less movie violence; number four, gun control. Again, the first three disappear, number four becomes the only issue.

    SCOTT: And then there is Toure, the uni-named host on MSNBC, who said this.


    TOURE, MSNBC: NRA membership booms in these moments, gun sales boom in these moments, Bushmaster sales are booming. In the wake of the Gabby Giffords shooting, Glock boomed, so in a perverse way -- they would never admit this publicly -- but in a perverse way, these moments are actually good for them, so then how do we expect them to really not want these moments?


    SCOTT: I don't know what you answer that with. That's the feeling over at MSNBC.

    GRENELL: You know, here is one solution. How about we pass a law that says any Hollywood actor who participates in a movie with violence has to donate their salary to the government? You do it, you get to do the movie, but if it's got violence in it, all the money goes to the government.

    PINKERTON: And the profits of the movie, too.


    PINKERTON: And remember, you can use that legislation --


    POWERS: Is there any evidence any of these things happen because of movies?


    POWERS: But movies, it has nothing do with a movie.

    SCOTT: We're going to have to leave it there. Back with more "News Watch" in a moment.


    SCOTT: We are at the time of year when we look at the past 12 months, remembering the big stories, the events that affected our lives, and it's when we get the big news. Who did "Time" magazine pick to be the person of the year? Well, ta-da, it's him again, President Barack Obama, quote, "for finding and forging a new majority, for turning weakness into opportunity and for seeking amid great adversity to create a more perfect union." Rick, what do you think?

    GRENELL: Well, I think it's wrong because he's person of the universe.


    GRENELL: And person not just of one year, but decades and universe, so why are we minimizing his role?

    SCOTT: They make the rollout of this a big media event.

    PINKERTON: I think we're kind of doing Time magazine a favor by even mentioned this. Otherwise, their magazine would just go the way of "Newsweek" pretty quickly. Look, this is the spirit of the mainstream media. David Maraniss said -- of the Washington Post, said that the president's speech at Newtown, Connecticut, was like Lincoln at Gettysburg. This is kind of the level they operate on.

    MILLER: I think it's a failure of the part of imagination on "Time" magazine, if we can't come up with anyone other than the guy who won the election.

    SCOTT: Was it a cop-out?

    POWERS: I do think in their minds, he is the perennial person of the day, person of the hour, person of the year. It's like--

    GRENELL: I think Egyptian President Morsi. I think the Islamists had taken over, it really has become the narrative of the entire world. What's happening, the Arab spring, which I call the Islamic awakening, and the Islamists. I think the fact is that Morsi should have been.

    MILLER: But, Rick, aren't you going to hold President Obama accountable for that?


    GRENELL: We'll give him credit for the Islamic awakening.

    (LAUGHTER) SCOTT: So who should we expect next year? Or is it too early to start talking about it?

    MILLER: I think it's too early to start talking about Hillary Clinton. I think she's going to have to wait a couple of years, I don't know, what do you think next year?

    POWERS: I'm going to go with President Obama.


    SCOTT: We'll have to see whether she actually testifies in front of the committee while she is still secretary of state as the senators seem to request.

    Stay with us, we have more "News Watch" coming up.


    SCOTT: We have come to the end of what has been quite a week. I want to thank Judy Miller, Jim Pinkerton, Rick Grenell and Kirsten Powers for their contributions. Merry Christmas to our panelists and to you, our viewers.

    We want to end the program today with this reporter's thoughts about the challenges of covering a tragedy and heartbreak in Newtown, Connecticut.