• With: Noah Rothman, Jim Pinkerton, Alan Colmes, Richard Grenell, Judy Miller, Dr. Marc Siegel

    This is a rush transcript from "Fox News watch," August 17, 2013. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.


    JON SCOTT, HOST: On "Fox News Watch."

    UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Any jackass can kick down a barn, but it takes a good man or woman to build one.

    SCOTT: Defending ObamaCare. The media out in force to support the president's agenda and hammer Republicans for their efforts to defund a law they see as flawed.

    Are the media telling you all you need to know?

    Bush 43 undergoes a successful heart procedure to help keep him healthy and active. But some in the media question the effort. Why?

    Egypt erupts in chaos. The military cracking down on backers of the previous government. Is the situation there too complex for the U.S. media?

    OPRAH WINFREY: I'm really sorry that it got blown up.

    SCOTT: Oprah tries to backpedal on her charge of racism against a handbag saleswoman, wishing it would all just go away. Is it too late?

    UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: And don't forget Obama.

    SCOTT: And a rodeo clown makes news and loses his job for mocking Mr. Obama. How did the media react to this?


    SCOTT: On the panel this week rider and Fox News contributor Judy Miller. Mediaite editor Noah Rothman, Jim Pinkerton, contributing editor of "The American Conservative Magazine," Fox News contributor Alan Colmes. And Fox News contributor Richard Grenell. I'm Jon Scott, "Fox News Watch" is on right now.


    MARK LEVIN, AUTHOR: The American people really don't know what this law is all about. I've tried to figure it out. You know, you've tried to figure it out. You've worked on this every day and it's clear the president, too. And so, what do they do -- they change the law on the run, which is utterly unconstitutional.


    SCOTT: Conservative radio host and lawyer Mark Levin talking with Fox's Neil Cavuto earlier this week about the complexities and confusion of ObamaCare. He makes the point, Jim, that ObamaCare is a mess. Are the media picking up on that?

    JIM PINKERTON, THE AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE MAGAZINE: Yeah. I mean it seems like it's the implementation of such a catastrophe that reminds me of the catastrophic care act of 1988, which was repealed in 1989, but unfortunately unlike President Bush 41, President Obama has the media on his side that Chris Cuomo was a pretty indicative thing. Paul Bremer at News Busters documented a lot more of this. He's got a bodyguard around him.

    SCOTT: Alan?

    ALAN COLMES, FOX NEWS CONTRIBUTOR: You're (inaudible) about four months to stop bill, we're on show for a while. Look, The Washington Post Sarah Kliff for months had been following ObamaCare. Which, by the way, Obama does care -- which finally White House has embraced was a derogatory term, and the fact is that they've showed maps. They show where success (inaudible). This notion that the mainstream media, i.e. liberal media of these conservatives isn't doing its job, is just not true and WebMD has a whole thing about how -- when it's going to be implemented. So the fact is that it's not been ignored and if you read enough media outlets, you will see what's going on.

    SCOTT: Well, but Judy, there are a lot of reports that the costs are going to be much higher than the president has promised and the media generally seemed to ignore that.

    JUDY MILLER, WRITER & FOX NEWS CONTRIBUTOR: Well, I think that's because the president himself has said there're going to be some implementation problems. I mean this is a hugely ambitious and important program that if implemented well, will do a lot to increase the health, improve the health of Americans. The problem, it's all in the implementation. And as Rich Lowry said this week in Newsmax, he said, well, who are you going to believe? The president's numbers or your lying insurance company?

    COLMES: Or right wing publications that he writes ...


    COLMES: But when he doesn't like the president to begin with?


    SCOTT: No, NBC and some others have reported that, you know, Americans are going to start losing their doctors. The president promised just the opposite. I mean shouldn't that be covered?

    NOAH ROTHMAN, MEDIAITE EDITOR: It should be, and he's made a variety of claims and there are some supporters of the law including The New Republics Jonathan Cohn who's actually frustrated with the president for not being totally genuine about what's going to happen. He says, you know, that there's not going to be an increase in premiums necessarily and Cohn says, there's, of course, there's going to be an increase in premiums and that's a good thing. And he should be honest about it.

    COLMES: You know what's not being covered, New York State, where there's going to be a 53 percent reduction in premiums, California, where reduction, Maryland reduction. Where's the media talking about those states that have implemented exchanges ...

    ROTHMAN: Indiana.

    COLMES: -- reducing -- but most of them, where the exchange - it's the red state governors that refuse to participate on ObamaCare. They're costing their citizens more money.

    PINKERTON: In other words, it's the Republicans' fault. There you go.


    COLMES: That's what's happening. Red states that are not implementing the exchanges or having higher premiums, that's a fact, it's not opinion.

    SCOTT: Well, Rick, the president delayed another element of ObamaCare this week. The out of pocket expense, you know, there was going to be a cap on it instituted. The president said, oh, well, we'll hold off on that. Did that get the coverage that it should?

    RICHARD GRENELL, FOX NEWS CONTRIBUTOR: No, it didn't. But I think what we saw this week, and Rich Lowry, Judy's right did a really good job of pointing this out. Is that we have liberal journalists like Susan Page from USA Today and New York magazine's Jonathan Chait, they are beginning to say this ObamaCare implementation in the premiums, it's a big problem, but they're trying to already blame the Republicans for it. I think the Republicans should just own it and say, yeah, we killed this big government program, and we're proud of it.

    SCOTT: One of the big concerns about ObamaCare is it's homogenous or one size fits all type of medicine. Proponents dismiss the personalized approach as excessive, expensive, and attacks on the system. The "Washington Post," for example, ran an article recently trying to make that case using former President George W. Bush and his recent heart procedure as an example. "If Mr. Bush had visited a general internist practicing sound-evidence based care, he would not have had cardiac testing. What value does a stress test add for an otherwise healthy 67-year-old? No study has shown that this examination improves outcomes. Follow-up tests, only necessary, because of the initial unnecessary screening test are usually paid for by Medicare, further stressing our health care system."

    Well, Dr. Marc Siegel took issue with that account in an opinion piece in USA Today. He's commending the efforts of the former president's doctors.