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


    MILLER: Yes.

    SCOTT: 101 of them came during the Rachel Maddow show? What's up with that?

    MILLER: What's up is water-gate, as they are now calling it. I mean this is so absurd. This is a young man who gave a speech in English, and in Spanish, to a party that has had problems recruiting Hispanics, I mean, why could they not pay any attention at all to the content of the speech, whether or not they agreed with it.

    THOMAS: It's not so much about Marco Rubio drinking of water. It's about the media drinking the Kool-Aid for Obama, that's what it's about.

    PINKERTON: There's such a thing as was fumbling forward. If you remember back in 1988, Bill Clinton made a terrible speech at the Democratic convention. And then went on the "Johnny Carson Show" and mocked it up, and (inaudible) -- but I think Rubio is doing the same thing. I got an email from his PAC, Reclaim America, in which he said if you give money, you get a Marco Rubio water bottle.


    PINKERTON: So not only be inspired, but also hydrated.

    SCOTT: Right. Sharija Cobas, an opinion columnist for The Hill tweeted this, he said, Hispanic Republican senator drinks water on TV and media demolishes him. Hispanic Democrat Senator Menendez, is accused of scandals, and the media ignores. Does she have a point?

    POWERS: Well, I think this gets more to just how they can't cover anything of substance, because the reality with Menendez is there's a lot of substance that needs to be covered. I'm not even getting into the issues with underage prostitutes, which I still think it's unclear what went on there. But the stuff that is clear they don't want to cover, but they want to cover someone taking a sip of water. I mean I know, I actually didn't see it live and I watched it the next day and I sat there the whole time thinking what, I don't understand that. You know, and then this little moment of sipping water is the whole story?

    SCOTT: In the meantime he did make the cover of Time magazine, which put him on there and called him "The Republican Savior." Jim?

    PINKERTON: Well, nothing like the expectations game.


    SCOTT: I guess there is no such thing as bad publicity.

    MILLER: At least he has a foreign policy.

    THOMAS: I like his response.


    THOMAS: I like his response. He said, you know, I'm not -- I'm not a savior, Jesus is the savior, that will cut well with evangelicals, with the Catholics. .

    SCOTT: It's very well. Next on "News Watch," Tesla Motors fires back at The New York Times after a bad review.


    SCOTT: "Stalled Out on Tesla's Electric Highway," that's the headline of the review of the Tesla Model S, a high end electric car designed to drive long distances on battery power. The review written by John Broder of The New York Times, who test drove the car from Washington to Boston. His review not so good. Driving in cold weather, he claimed the battery drained more quickly than expected. He had to drive more slowly and turn down the climate control to get where he wanted to go, and eventually, had to call the tow company when the car ultimately died. Tesla, though, says it has the data from the car, and the CEO Elon Musk, fired back at the review.


    ELON MUSK, TESLA MOTORS CEO: We have the log from the vehicle which has - he did not realize, because this is the Tesla-owned vehicle and the log showed that when he says he was doing 54 miles an hour, he was actually doing 80 miles an hour. When he says he's turned the heat off, he's actually had the heat blasting at 74 degrees, the press has been tremendously positive, but writing one more article that just reaffirms that doesn't get any, any click, that doesn't get any attention, but writing an article with a picture of a car on a flatbed. That gets attention.


    SCOTT: That's the point he was trying to make.

    Tesla says it has the proof, the Times is standing by its story. Who wins this travel?

    POWERS: Well, I think they need to have an independent third party to come in, frankly, that understands this data and look at it, and try to figure out to make sure that everything was calibrated (ph) correctly in the car. It's possible that, you know, that something was off there. It's a toll, he said -- he said, there is no way to really know what happened without getting an independent person involved in this.

    SCOTT: And Judy, do you think The Times is playing it straight here?

    MILLER: Well, I think that there's no reason to believe they're not given what has been reported to date. I mean, the reporter has answered all of the criticisms that Tesla raised about the story, he said even that Elon Musk called him when the story -- before this story was going to appear saying, look, I'm really sorry that the test run was such a disaster and yes, we probably should put charging stations closer together, which by the way, has huge financial implications for this company. Also, The Times

    has reviewed this well on the West Coast, which raises questions about whether or not it's a Times bias or that there's a problem with the battery in the car that it doesn't do very well in cold weather.

    SCOTT: Taxpayers might want to pay attention, Jim, because, well, we have several hundreds millions of our tax dollars invested in this company.

    PINKERTON: Right. This is one of the green energy efforts that the Obama administration has put so much stock into. This is from a communications point of view, this is a reminder why corporate PR people started audiotaping and videotaping the interview simultaneous with the reporter for, you know, I don't know, "60 Minutes" coming in to do it and so on. And this now takes it to a new level. And the fact that there's a little black box - by the way, a lot of cars already have them. We know how fast Jon Corzine was driving when he had this car accident, because there was a little black box and he was going, I think, 91 or whatever it was. So, this whole issue of big data and how -- and whether or not it can be trusted. I mean, you know, on the Tesla Motors blog there's all these charts and graphs showing every last claim they make with the times disputes and Kirsten is right. Definitely, it needs somebody to come there and analyze the reporter's claims and Tesla's claims.

    THOMAS: Well, if he was doing 80 miles an hour on any road between Washington and Boston, some state police officer ought to be sending him a ticket. Because I know one time when I did that, I get a ticket.


    THOMAS: Look, there's a bigger issue here. When you get a bad review in The New York Times, whether it's for a Broadway show, which usually quickly closes or a car like this, The Times' readers are a target audience for selling this car. It's a very bad thing, so the company has got a lot invested in this and Mr. Broder has a lot invested, if he's proved to have lied about this, it could be a career ender for him.

    SCOTT: And it's $100,000 car.

    MILLER: It's $100,000 car, so this is not exactly, you know, the car that most American families are going to worry about buying, but this I will say. Wired magazine says come on, if this is your data. This is the data from that black box, release the underlying data. Release the raw data and then we'll have an independent check on whether or not there may be a problem with the computer. In other words, we do need further investigation.

    SCOTT: One of the questions is whether John Broder is objective. In an article back in 2012 he wrote this: "The state of the electric car is dismal. The victim of hyped expectations, technological flops, high costs and a hostile political climate." So, given, if that's his attitude can readers trust what he's writing?

    POWERS: Well, I mean I support the idea of developing electric cars, but I wouldn't disagree with that assessment. You know, I think that that's a fair assessment of the climate. That there have been problems, early technology often has a lot of problems and there are always naysayers and people telling us why we shouldn't do it and it's too expensive. And the same with early computers. So, no, I think he could still be objective about this.

    SCOTT: We'll keep an eye on it. There's more "News Watch" ahead. But if you see something that you feel shows evidence of media bias, tweet us @FoxNewsWatch on Twitter.