SCOTT: And then there was this. Did you catch Senator Rand Paul's filibuster this week?
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PAUL: The majority does not get to decide who we execute. We have a process for deciding this, we have courts for deciding this. To allow one man to accuse you, in secret, you never get notified you've been accused. Your notification is the buzz of the propellers on the drone as it flies overhead in the seconds before you're killed. Is that what we really want from our government?
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SCOTT: The Kentucky senator standing his ground and standing up for 13 hours, demanding the White House answer his question about whether or not the president could order the death of an American citizen on American soil using a drone without due process. Attorney General Eric Holder finally answered no. Here is some media reaction.
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MARTIN BASHIR, MSNBC: The administration has responded with a letter, as Ari said, from Attorney General Holder to Rand Paul. I'm quoting, "It has come to my attention that you have now asked an additional question, does the president have the authority to use a weaponized drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on American soil? The answer to that question is no." Senator Rand Paul released a statement saying he is satisfied and will end his opposition to Brennan. The vote as you know, has just gone through, so I guess that's the end of that tap dance, isn't it?
DAVID CORN, MSNBC: That was one of the shortest letters I've ever seen from an attorney general, and I think it had a very silent F-U in it somewhere.
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SCOTT: And yet, when asked earlier to answer that question, the administration never came up with that two-letter answer, no.
MILLER: Right. Exactly. And with the way they've defined it, they've defined it in such a specific way, that it leaves open a lot of possibilities, and what Rand Paul was asking for is the legal justification for this action and some guidelines. We want to know what the ground rules are. Why aren't more Americans standing up there with Rand Paul asking these questions? And I'm speaking as someone who is not opposed to the drone program.
SCOTT: Rand Paul, a conservative senator, but the normally conservative editorial page of the Wall Street Journal slammed him.
LOWRY: This is something where the right is divided. I think that coverage of Rand Paul generally has been pretty sympathetic, because there's a civil libertarian reflex on the part of the media, and it is great drama actually having a talking filibuster, but it just strikes me, though, the incredible hypocrisy, the administration, the memos they have, the white paper they had on this, whoever wrote that, if he or she were in the Bush administration, would be hunted down as a war criminal. But you don't see that reaction whatsoever.
SCOTT: We saw the media erupt over Abu Ghraib and electronic spying and that kind of thing, but the responsibility of killing Americans with a drone--
POWERS: Well, I mean, wasn't David Corn one of the people who was on the Scooter Libby jihad?
POWERS: Every single day, day in, day out, accusing him of leaking something that he actually didn't leak? And this was something -- some imperial presidency that needed to hand over this information. But now when you ask something about blowing up Americans without due process, it's FU from the Justice Department?
PINKERTON: Noah Rothman of Mediaite, Rand Paul shatters Democratic monopoly on romance and captures hearts of young. That's a message the mainstream media does not want to repeat.
SCOTT: Next on "News Watch," what debate moderator outdid the others.
SCOTT: We talked a lot about the presidential debates last fall, the moderators and perceived bias in their questions. PBS's Jim Lehrer moderated the first debate between the president and Mitt Romney. One reviewer called him a potted plant. ABC's Martha Raddatz moderated the vice presidential debate between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan. She took flack for interrupting Mr. Ryan and allowing Biden to filibuster. CNN's Candy Crowley was next. Who can forget the CNN anchor defending Mr. Obama's claim to have called the Benghazi attack acts of terrorism. And Bob Schieffer from CBS wrapped it up. Forbes said he was no Candy Crowley. So who came out on top? Well, this week we learned Martha Raddatz will receive the Walter Cronkite Award for excellence in political journalism.
That's a wrap on "News Watch" this week. Thanks to Judy Miller, Jim Pinkerton, Rich Lowry and Kirsten Powers. I'm Jon Scott. Thanks for joining us. We'll see you again next week with another edition of "Fox News Watch."
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