• With: Judy Miller, Richard Grenell, Jim Pinkerton, Juan Williams

    This is a rush transcript from "Fox News Watch," December 29, 2012. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

    JON SCOTT, HOST: On "Fox News Watch," 2012, a year of nonstop news and nonstop coverage, often driven by bias.


    NEWT GINGRICH, FORMER HOUSE SPEAKER: And I wish you would put aside the gotcha questions.


    SCOTT: From the GOP primaries, political conventions, the presidential debates and the big election, the media agenda was clear and present.


    UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The ruling on the health care law.


    SCOTT: Obamacare goes to the Supreme Court, giving the president and his loyal media friends a big win. But it's not over.


    SUSAN RICE, U.N. AMBASSADOR: The best assessment we have today is that in fact this was not a preplanned, premeditated attack.


    SCOTT: Details about a deadly terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi get ignored by most in the media, the press buying into the White House spin. But then the truth comes out.

    Tragedies in the headlines. The massacre in Newtown and other unthinkable actions challenge the media in their coverage.

    Conflicts in the Middle East. A civil war in Syria and other hotspots make it difficult to get the true story, and journalists pay the price.

    Eastern states get hit hard by super storm Sandy, the disaster affecting millions. How did the media react?

    And who was voted worst reporter of 2012?


    CHRIS MATTHEWS, MSNBC: What was the scandal?

    UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He said there was a video, it was not about the video.

    MATTHEWS: It was about the video, read the newspaper, thank you.


    SCOTT: On the panel this week, writer and Fox News contributor, Judy Miller. Richard Grenell, who served as press spokesman for the last four U.S. ambassadors to the U.N. Jim Pinkerton, contributing editor at the American Conservative magazine. And Fox News political analyst, Juan Williams.

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


    BRET BAIER, FOX NEWS: We can now definitively say that President Barack Obama will be reelected. Mitt Romney will come up a loser in this race.


    SCOTT: The big media story of the year, the presidential election. And that was how it ended. Barack Obama elected to a second term as president, beating Republican challenger Mitt Romney, an end to a bitter election season that started early with the GOP primaries and events like this.


    JUAN WILLIAMS, FOX NEWS: We saw some of this during your visit to a black church in South Carolina, where a woman asked you why you referred to President Obama as the food stamp president. It sounds as if you are seeking to belittle people.

    GINGRICH: First of all, Juan, the fact is that more people have been put on food stamps by Barack Obama than any president in American history.


    GINGRICH: I know among the politically correct, you're not supposed to you use facts that are uncomfortable.



    SCOTT: So that was just part of a long and memorable primary season.

    Juan, is that your highlight of the year?

    WILLIAMS: My highlight? Oh, no, no, no. But you know, it is telling, again, for Newt Gingrich. He then in a subsequent debate format, when we was asked about extramarital dalliances and the like, said enough of these gotcha questions, and went at the media in specific, John, and I think made the media successfully a target of his ire.