• With: Judy Miller, Monica Crowley, Jim Pinkerton, Ellen Ratner

    This is a rush transcript from "Fox News Watch," January 12, 2013. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.


    JON SCOTT, FOX NEWS ANCHOR: On "Fox News Watch."

    UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Shoot him again! Shoot him!

    SCOTT: A mother of two shoots a man who invaded her home.

    UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We believe that the shotgun came from his residence.

    SCOTT: A teen takes a shotgun to school, allegedly targeting two bullies.

    VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN: The president is going to act, executives orders, executive action that can be taken.

    SCOTT: Vice President Biden meets with groups on all sides of the gun debate with a promise to deliver his plan to the president next week.

    ALEX JONES, RADIO HOST: The Second Amendment isn't there for duck hunting, it's there to protect us from tyrannical government and street thugs.

    SCOTT: The media take on the issue, but the coverage leaned way left.

    UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Show up with a semiautomatic that you've got legally and pop em...

    PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: No peacocks, no jerks, no whiners.

    SCOTT: Mr. Obama named three men to take key positions in his Cabinet.

    REP. CHARLIE RANGEL, D-N.Y.: It's embarrassing as hell.

    SCOTT: Are the media happy with his choices? The controversial film "Zero Dark Thirty" opens nationwide. Did the Hollywood producers skew the story to fit an agenda? And a seasoned sportscaster, the victim of overreaction for his overreaction.

    BRENT MUSBURGER, ESPN: What a beautiful woman, wow.


    SCOTT: On the panel this week, writer and Fox News contributor Judy Miller. Radio talk show host, Monica Crowley. Jim Pinkerton, contributing editor of the American Conservative Magazine and Ellen Ratner, bureau chief of talk radio News Service.

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


    BRIAN WILLIAMS, NBC NEWS: The fight over guns and the news of another school shooting, breaking at the very same time that they were meeting at the White House trying to figure out what to do about all of the gun violence.

    DIANE SAWYER, ABC NEWS: The White House ready to take action on gun violence.

    SCOTT PELLEY, CBS NEWS: The vice-president has been tasked with coming up with recommendations for curbing gun violence.

    BRET BAIER, FOX NEWS ANCHOR: Vice President Joe Biden heard from the other side today in the debate over gun control.


    SCOTT: Well, the debate over gun control took the top spot in news coverage this week, the media in overdrive to push their positions on the issue. As the White House ramped up its agenda to try to curb gun violence. Vice-president Joe Biden heading his boss' task force to come up with a plan, had this to say on Wednesday.


    BIDEN: The president is going to act or executive orders, executive action that can be taken. We haven't decided what yet, but we're compiling it all with help of the Attorney General and all the rest of the cabinet members, as well as legislative action we believe is required.


    SCOTT: Well, that was what the vice-president had to say on Wednesday, the day before meeting with the NRA. His comments got a lot of reaction, Jim, from Second Amendment proponents, but not so much in the media.

    JIM PINKERTON, THE AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE MAGAZINE: Well, you know, this is Vice President Biden's chance to shine, as he prepares himself for the 2016 nomination, nomination quest. I would say this though, on Friday, politico reported that the White House might be backing off on the assault weapons ban, as not pushing it forward, which I think is quite significant. And it could be that the country see the issue differently than, for example, the mainstream media. Do the country, for example, might relate better to the story of Melinda Herman, this woman in Loganville, Georgia, who shot an intruder in her house five times and then, obviously, needed more bullets because the guy wasn't dead yet and needed a bigger clip, and I think if the media were really doing its job. Donny Herman, the husband, who was the coolest customer ever to be on phone with 9/11 and his wife at the same time. Just saying, honey, you remember this, this, and this, like we talked about. They'd both be household names now and oddly enough, they're not.

    SCOTT: Judy, you know, it strikes me, that the vice-president has been given what -- a couple of weeks to come up with his recommendation, this is a debate that's been raging in this country for years and yet, they're trying to push something through in I don't know, seems like a relatively short amount of time.

    JUDY MILLER, FOX NEWS CONTRIBUTOR: Well, I think a couple of newspapers have actually pointed out that they have a set of proposals that they shelved during the first Obama term, when they figured out they just didn't have the political capital and didn't want to spend the political effort that was required on this. Now, they feel that the mood has changed. Whether or not it's changed sufficiently to get the kind of sweeping measures that many gun control advocates favor is a separate issue. But I think something has changed and that's why you see Biden all in on this one. He wants a deal, he wants something he can get through and what he can't get through, I think they're preparing to do on the law enforcement side, by executive or -- fiat.

    SCOTT: Is the mood of the country changing because of the media coverage?

    ELLEN RATNER, BUREAU CHIEF, TALK RADIO NEWS SERVICE: Well, we don't know. I mean the NRA says that they've got 100,000 more members after Sandy Hook. I have to say this, and, you know, I'm a lib, I don't like guns, all that kind of stuff, but I have almost never heard in the mainstream media stories about people defending themselves with guns successfully. That is x'd out. I will give you that. And I mean, I don't know about it. I've never ...

    SCOTT: Gabrielle Giffords, the congresswoman who was shot in that terrible incident in Tucson, she and her husband, the former astronaut Mark Kelly, they started that organization this week that they say is going to, you know, designed to counteract the effectiveness of the gun lobby. They got a lot of publicity for that.

    MONICA CROWLEY, RADIO TALK SHOW HOST: Right. They did, they did. Because these incidents provoke a lot of emotion, it's true. I mean you see Gabby Giffords, she has survived this attack and come back in extraordinary ways. You see the heartbreak in Newtown, the heartbreak in Aurora, so, of course it pulls on the emotional heartstrings. But when you look at the media coverage of this, I fault the mainstream media because they're more interested in advocacy for stricter gun control laws than actually reporting the facts. For example, the Aurora shooting, in theater as well as in the Newtown shooting, both of those mass murders took place in gun- free zones. You didn't see that report. And also, Jim, you mentioned the assault weapons ban, they may or may not go down this road this time, but you see very little reporting as to the fact that the last time we had such a ban for ten years from '94 to 2004, there was very little appreciative effect of having that ban and having a decline in gun related murders and violence. You just don't see those kinds of facts reported. What you do see is emotion-laden reporting and that's not entirely fair to the conversation.

    SCOTT: Well, and you saw Alex Jones appear on Piers Morgan this week. Piers seems to set him up as the typical example of the kind of gun owner that's out there in America.