• With: Judy Miller, Kirsten Powers, Andrea Tantaros, Jim Pinkerton

    SCOTT: All right, we have to take another break.

    If you see something that you think shows media bias, e-mail us at newswatch@FOXnews.com.

    Up next, did the media fail in the coverage of a new medical report?

    ANNOUNCER: A new report linking cell phone use with brain cancer gets major media attention. But did the coverage miss the fine print?

    And Blago is back on the stand, telling his tale and hoping to win the jury. Has he won the press? Details next, on "News Watch."


    SCOTT: "Cell Phones and Cancer," that was the headline in Wednesday's USA Today, as well as headlines across the nation, and on cable news after the World Health Organization released a report linking the two. That report stated, "The World Health Organization and International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), has classified radio frequency electromagnetic fields as possibly carcinogenic to humans based on an increased risk for glioma, a malignant type of brain cancer associated with wireless phone use."

    The report concluded, "Existing evidence is insufficient to know for sure with more research is needed."

    I guess the question, Kirsten, is did the media headlines reflect accurately what was in the report?

    POWERS: Well, I think everybody gets frightened because we all use cell phones. So every time something like this comes out, they blow it up and kind of ignore the underlying, you know -- where they always say they're really not sure about this. And by the way, a lot of times, later on, these studies are even debunked. And there is -- they're completely inconclusive on whether or not cell phones can cause cancer, no matter how many times they come out with these studies.

    SCOTT: Is this a case, Judy, where a scary headline is better than a complete, you know, thoroughly documented story?

    MILLER: ell, I think it demonstrates the difficulty of dealing with scientific data. I mean the fact of the matter is, 96 percent of the country uses cell phones so, of course, everybody’s going to be concerned. I think we ought to ask the CDC why they drew a different conclusion from the same data.

    SCOTT: Yes.

    And your own mother, you said, is somebody you said is somebody who is concerned.

    TANTAROS: Yes, I think the media over hypes this, which I think is irresponsible. And they have headlines of what else is killing you? What in your kitchen could be killing you? Is your household causing you cancer? People are freaked out by this story. And they don't have conclusive proof yet. Until then, I think they need to tone down the over-hyped stories.

    But I will say it's a good excuse for -- if you are from a big Greek family and they call you all the time.


    TANTAROS: Don't talk on that cell phone, Ma.


    SCOTT: Got to leave it, Mom.


    Has the hype been overdone, Jim?

    PINKERTON: Well, the World Health Organization is a real entity. And more than half the people in the world have cell phones now. But it is worth bearing in mind, there’s a lot of what previously folks here alluded to as what Steven Lloyd calls "junk science." Remember, the trial lawyers are busy looking for an angle here to wage the world's biggest lawsuit ever and take billions or trillions out of it.

    SCOTT: Let's move on to Florida, where Casey Anthony is on trial for the murder of her daughter, it’s a trial with twists about turns and all kinds of media attention.


    CASEY ANTHONY, ON TRIAL FOR MURDER: I'm trying -- I was trying. There’s nothing more I can say or do until I'm home. And even then, I don't know what I can do from that point. But I can at least do something other than sit on my butt all day and breathe, or look up stuff for me case. That has to be my focus right now. That has to be focus --


    UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: But, Casey, what about our family.

    ANTHONY: Mom, if that is my focus, which it is, I can't do anything from here. I don't have access to the Internet. I have can't make phone calls. I can't go anywhere.


    ANTHONY: I’ve already told you, Mom. I told you everything.


    UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I thought about everything you told me over the last month --


    ANTHONY: You thought about stuff and you've done what you can. I'm sorry, that's all I can do from -- the only knowledge I have.


    SCOTT: Talk about made for television. The prosecution had the jail phone telephones wired for cameras so they could use those clips in her trial.

    MILLER: Absolutely. She knew that. She’s aware of it. I just do not understand how this woman goes out and continues to shoot herself in the foot or the head. This is amazing, better than any soap opera. It's what television does well. And it's riveting. You can't stop watching.

    SCOTT: Yes, you almost can't -- everybody has an opinion on Casey Anthony, it seems like.

    POWERS: Yes. It does. I did have a little period of watching soap operas in college and it really does, it reminds you of exactly that type of thing. And I think its like -- and then on top of it, it's real. It's just a horrifying story. So people, you know, really -- I think what parent isn't going to be interested in this? What kind of woman could kill her child?