• With: Kirsten Powers, Cal Thomas, Jim Pinkerton, Vicky Ward

    SCOTT: And do you think, Jim, that the media are sort of helping set up a potential 2016 Hillary run?

    PINKERTON: That's been accused (ph). Some have said so. But I want to go back to this business about the security issue. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the Republican from Florida, was (inaudible), and pointed out, I guess you didn't get the $300 million you wanted, but you got $1.3 billion for climate change, which was, again, one of those juxtaposition of expenditure spending priorities that needed to get more attention and didn't. And I think just watch this space, the headline in Politico Friday morning was, "I'm John Kerry, Mr. Climate Change, Secretary of State for climate change." If that really is what the Obama administration is going to put its emphasis on in the next four years in terms of diplomacy, as opposed to Iran or China, well, that's kind of consequential.

    SCOTT: Interesting take. More NEWS WATCH ahead with comments like that.

    But first, if you see something that you feel shows evidence of media bias, tweet us @foxnewswatch on Twitter. Up next, she ignited a sex scandal, now she wants better press.

    UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The other-other woman caught up in the Petraeus sex scandal, trying to clear her good name, takes her story to the media. Are they buying her tale or is it too late? That's next on NEWS WATCH.


    SCOTT: Jill Kelley is a Florida socialite who got the media spotlight after he claimed she received threatening e-mails from an anonymous sender. The FBI got involved, then discovered the e-mails came from Paula Broadwell, a biographer who it turns out had an affair with the man she wrote about. That man, General David Petraeus, who then resigned as CIA director after the story went public, just after the election. So three months later, she wants to get her story out. Is it a little too late?

    POWERS: Well, nobody cares. I mean, really, and what's interesting about it, is she actually complains in the piece that she came out and wrote about how nobody would move on. And then everybody's moved on, and then she wants to talk about it.

    SCOTT: Yes. Vicky, you were offered the story.

    WARD: I was offered the story, and I turned her down, because I was offered two terms. The first, could she have the cover, and I had a big piece coming out which addresses the real issue about Jill Kelley, which I would disagree very respectfully, because I think there's one big question about Jill Kelley that does matter, and that is how did somebody like this have access to General Petraeus and General Allen, and are we safe as a result? I mean, that's -- that is important. That is the only real question. But no, she asked me for the-- could she be interviewed, she asked for these conditions, and I said no self-respecting journalist would, A, give you a cover, and B, say that yes, I'd give you a favorable interview. That's not journalism.

    SCOTT: You criticized Howard Kurtz.

    WARD: I did.

    SCOTT: And said that it was a new low in American journalism.

    WARD: I did.

    SCOTT: Why?

    WARD: Because his interview didn't ask the most important question of Jill Kelley, which is how did you come to be so close with General Petraeus? The most, you know, at one point, the most important military commander in the world. What do you know? I mean, it's -- that's really what we need to know about our military. That's the only importance of Jill Kelley.

    SCOTT: The title of his column was, "Jill Kelley says Paula Broadwell tried to blackmail her." Is there any proof to that?

    WARD: Well, apparently the Justice Department does not think so, and Howie Kurtz does not address it. So I just think it was a very, very shoddy piece of journalism. He disagrees, by the way.

    THOMAS: Well, the early reporting showed that the way that they ingratiated themselves, these women, Broadwell and Kelley and the rest of them, in Tampa, where Centcom was held, they threw all these lavish parties, and who doesn't like a good party after a day of sweating in Centcom with all these other people, with your medals and the weight of your responsibilities, go out and have a few drinks with some good-looking women. You know, this is nothing new, this is what they did.

    PINKERTON: Well, I mean, look, I think that Howard Kurtz has a franchise, a he is a good, smart, hard-working reporter of people who want to get their stories out in a certain way, go to him first. And so not only did Jill Kelley do it, but then Kurtz, kind of dangling for the next story, has a headline in the Daily Beast, like Jill Kelley, Paula Broadwell, eyes (ph) come back after Petraeus scandal. Byline, Howard Kurtz. Guess who Howard Kurtz would love to get the story from? Paula Broadwell. So look, I did Kelley, and maybe as Vicky says, I gave you some breaks here and there. Now, Paula, you're the real big get. Don't think Oprah, don't think Katie Couric, think me.

    POWERS: I have to defend Howie here. He's done a lot of good journalism, and if people have issues with this story, OK. You know, but let's not smear his whole career. I mean, he is a very well respected media reporter. He was with the Washington Post for a long time. And you can take issue with this, but I don't think his motives are so impure.

    SCOTT: Point taken. Let's talk about somebody else who wanted to get his story out, Manti Te'o. The fake girlfriend hoax took a new turn this week, more details about who was behind this hoax, and he took his story to Katie Couric. Listen.


    MANTI TE'O: Katie, put yourself in my situation. My whole world told me that she died on September 12th. Everybody knew that. This girl, who I committed myself to, died on September the 12th. Now, I get a phone call on December 6th saying that she's alive, and then I am going to be put on national TV two days later and they asked me the same question, what would you do?


    SCOTT: Should this story die with the fake girlfriend or should there be more questions asked here, Vicky?

    WARD: I hope not. Jon, you know, what I thought was so interesting, it was quite clear watching that interview, he got to Notre Dame on a football scholarship, obviously, not an academic one.


    WARD: I mean, really, and I love the fact that he kept talking about himself as a child. He's 21, and the parents became (ph) his props (ph), because we forgive children when they make mistakes.

    THOMAS: How do we know that Te'o exists? That's what I want to know. The only thing I got out of this interview is that now Katie Couric is wearing stiletto shoes. I think that's very important.

    SCOTT: Kirsten.

    POWERS: I said this before, I don't understand this story. I don't understand having a girlfriend who you've never met, whose funeral you don't attend. Things like that seemed a little strange to me. So I'm kind of at a loss here.

    SCOTT: It helps explains why the press lets politicians get away with lies.

    PINKERTON: It's the getting the interview that is so important. And again, as you were alluding to with your story about Paula Kelley (sic), there is so much negotiating in advance, if you can pull it off to say, look, but it's implicit in the fact that I go to you first for the interview, that you will be kind to me. Look, the story may very well die as a news story, but it will live on in literature. The play "Cyrano de Bergerac" has elements of this with the guy, and also, the more recent play, "M. Butterfly."

    SCOTT: All right. Next on "News Watch," Prince Harry back in the press.



    PRINCE HARRY: Yes, so lots of people have. The insurgents (ph) being out here, everyone has fired a certain amount. Probably a little bit more than this time last year. It's to some extent, that's just the way that it's (INAUDIBLE).


    SCOTT: A portion of an interview with Britain's Prince Harry just before he returned home from a tour of duty in Afghanistan, spending four months as an Apache helicopter pilot. Again, the interview getting some praise and pans in the press. The Daily Mirror called him a royal misfit. The Daily Telegraph telling Harry to muzzle himself. Then this from Matt Lauer and his guests on NBC.