• With: Judy Miller, Andrea Tantaros, Kirsten Powers

    This is a rush transcript from "Fox News Watch," July 24, 2010. This copy is may not be in its final form and may be updated.

    JON SCOTT, HOST: On "Fox News Watch," the evidence is in. ‘JournoList’ private e-mails go public, proving a left wing media conspiracy to shield their candidate from controversy.


    REV. JEREMIAH WRIGHT: Not God bless America, God (EXPLETIVE DELETED) America.


    SCOTT: Smear the Republican vice presidential pick, label conservatives as racists, and attempt and try to bring down Fox News. Now we ask, how can these people be trusted.


    SHIRLEY SHERROD, FORMER USDA WORKER: And here I was faced with having to help a white person save their land. So I didn't give him the full force of what I could do.


    SCOTT: Faster than a speeding blog, a video goes viral in the media, leading to major missteps at the highest levels.


    ROBERT GIBBS, WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY: Ms. Sherrod is owed an apology.


    SCOTT: As questions of race and context hijack the attention of the press. Have the lessons been learned?

    The Washington Post reveals a "Top Secret America," an in-depth report on what our government is doing to keep us safe. But is the report too revealing?


    DAVID CAMERON, BRITISH PRIME MINISTER: Releasing the Lockerbie bomber was completely wrong.


    SCOTT: The press pressing for answers on BP's involvement in the release of the Pan Am 103 terrorist. But did the questions come too late?


    REPORTER: Lindsay?


    SCOTT: The paparazzi, the major papers, the networks, they all turn out for Lindsay's lock-up premier.

    On the panel this week: Writer and Fox News contributor Judy Miller; conservative columnist Andrea Tantaros; Jim Pinkerton, fellow, New America Foundation; and New York Post columnist Kirsten Powers.

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


    SEN. JOHN MCCAIN, R-ARIZ.: I am very pleased, very privileged to introduce to you the next vice-president of the United States...


    ...Governor Sarah Palin, of the great state of Alaska.


    SCOTT: Senator John McCain there announcing his choice of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin to be his running mate in the last presidential race. 

    Within hours of that announcement, members of a private e-mail group, called ‘JournoList,’ many members in the mainstream media, swapped ideas for effective talking points in order to help defeat McCain and Palin and help elect Barack Obama as president.

    Jeffrey Toobin, of the New Yorker, wrote this, "What a joke. I always thought that some part of McCain didn't want to be president and this choice proves my point. Welcome back, Admiral Stockdale."

    From Suzanne Nossel, with Human Rights Watch, "I think it is and can be spun as a profoundly sexist pick. Women should feel umbrage at the idea that their votes can be attracted just by putting a woman, any woman, on the ticket, no matter her qualifications or views."

    "That's excellent. If enough people on this list write that the pick is sexist, you'll have the networks debating it for days. And that negates the single thing Palin brings to the ticket," so responded Jonathan Stein, a reporter for Mother Jones.

    Andrea, the Daily Caller exposed these e-mails, been all over the list. One blogger said they're more than a smoking gun, they're like a crime scene. Do you agree?

    ANDREA TANTAROS, CONSERVATIVE COLUMNIST: Oh, absolutely. I think there's always been, on the right, a deep distrust of the mainstream media. They have always assumed that they leaned left. And now, this is the proof positive. When you look at the list, some of them were not really surprises. This is a very inside game. But a couple of the names -- and I'll just pull two by example, Ben Smith and Mike Allen. My jaw didn't drop -- they're both from Politico -- when I heard they're on the site. But these are two reporters who I would say are responsible for driving the coverage of the 2008 election. So my question is now, if the majority of these ‘JournoList’ employees, and their editors and publishers are leaning left, where is the accountability? How do we take them seriously going forward? Or do we take them everything with a triple helping of salt?

    SCOTT: What about that? Mike Allen, formerly of Time magazine, now with Politico, supposed to be an independent non-partisan website, very widely read in Washington and elsewhere. He's on this list. And when he reads some of this stuff, should he have jumped off?

    KIRSTEN POWERS, NEW YORK POST COLUMNIST: First of all, I would say, is there any evidence he read it? We don't have any evidence of that. I think a lot of us are on e-mail lists. I can tell you that e-mails go back and forth all the time in my box, that I don't look at. I don't know what they say. So that's one.