headquarters i'm heather childers. we're one week away are the first presidential debate and six weeks from election day. as republican presidential nominee mitt romney launches a five-day campaign swing through colorado, ohio and virginia. three states that will likely decide the outcome of the election in november. tonight romney holds a rally in denver. president obama had no scheduled events today. >> sad news to report to you. a giant panda cub born in washington, d.c. has died. zoo officials aren't sure. why keepers found the cub this morning, they gave cpr but on to no avail. i'll see you back here at the top of the hour. now back to fox news watch. k tox news watch. >> it appears thanks to a freedom of information act request that we have the proof.
department of justice conspired with the far left media matters website to attack the department of justice critics. fox news correspondent james rosen has that story. >> reporter: six months ago judson phillips advanced the claim hotly disputed by the obama administration that operation fast and furious was designed to usher in draconian gun control laws. someone was watching closely because tracy smaller e-mailed a transcript to deputy research director of media matters. you see this, he wrote. completely false. wide receiver, hernandez, launched under a the george bush administration put this to a lie. by that afternoon. website featured this blog post critical of the philips segment. that attorney general's advisors
have worked so closely is the chief revelation of 69 pages of doj documented that they provided under the freedom of information act to the conservative paper the daily caller. >> it's an attempt to lie and in one case spokesman for just department e-mailing and saying why don't you do a story on this. i saw something on fox and why don't you attack it. >> founded by david broblg turned liberal tweaflt. it's a tax ex that eblgs poses media bias. it was written in part by george soros is the destruction of fox news. >> utilizing in engaging in a dispute on the new black panther party and denial of the department of justice to bring civil rights actions against them or whether it is on the coverage of fast and furious should really raise serious concerns. >> the justice department
declined to comment. a folks man for media matters he would comment only if he could appear live on this network. >> jon: so what about this collusion between the department of justice and media matters? is it getting any play? >> not much. look, james rosen's piece rose the issue of david according to politico, that led to a former counsel to the president, group making savage shouldn't have a tax exempt but now we have this, not just engaging in global war and sabotage they are part of the obama reelection campaign. you think that would be news, as well. but for perspective imagine if the heritage foundation was caught doing with the bush department three or four years ago. that would have been news. >> jon: george soros gave a million dollars to media matters
and given other funding to other organizations. he got a tax deduction for million dollars because they are supposedly, they are truth teller. shouldn't this force some reconsideration? >> i think absolutely it should. we have talked about this a lot on this show. i want to step back for just a moment to point out this is week where we had a cascade of departures from the atf from people involved in fast and furious. they had to acknowledge this was not a story concocted by fox news or pro conservative media, but it was legitimate story that some people had done bad things and had to leave. look at the play that got, not so much. >> jon: why no coverage of the fast and furious report? >> i think fast and furious is highly politicized and a target for the right. given the way it's handled in
congress. given the fact that eric holder was found in contempt of congress, i think a lot of people feel like it's played out. >> jon: you sound like you are saying people on the right don't like it it's not going to get covered? >> no. there is a certain point the story has been told. everybody has the details. everybody has seen the parents of the dead man. >> here is the problem, it has been politicized and left said it was lie. we found out the truth. >> what is the truth? >> there the truth there was that stuff being done. >> we know somebody died. >> if we admit this on the front page of the "new york times" we would let it go. >> i think everybody has admitted. >> jon: we have to leave it there. next on news watch, jesse jackson makes news but doesn't get media attention -- kate middleton gets the attention but doesn't want it.
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stunned that kate middleton, most photographed women in the world, but she would expose herself topless outdoors and not expect the world to take notice of it. >> jon: the editor of the irish daily star one of five tabloids that pictured topless photos of kate middleton while sun bathing on vacation. has the tabloid gone too far? >> they have according to the french judicial system. she should have been more careful. she is new at this job. there should be some expectation of privacy somewhere. she wasn't standing out in the middle of the street bearing her breasts. this a long distance camera but enough is enough. >> i think the palace, they did the story and made it more than
it should have been. it should have been french papers run this. it was a rude thing to do but she should have known better. >> jon: princess di died in a car crash. should something change here? >> i think it's about sensationalism. i don't know what the attraction but obviously it sells newspapers. although i will noted initially the publication was not able to indicate any rise in sales from the publication. we're talking apparently more than we're drawn to the pictures >> if you get famous you are going to have photographers following you. lady diana got killed in car crash, her driver was intoxicated. if dont want to be photographed you should find another line of
work. information should be free and this is good example. technology will always race ahead and you have to deal with it. >> jon: kate middleton got covered in ways she didn't want. now to a story that didn't get much attention. jesse jackson returned from gambia with two americans that were released from prison. they were noshd n than that by that country's president. one was a navy veteran that served in desert storm and another tennessee professor had been convicted of treason. they could have faced the firing squad until jackson stepped in. a story that didn't get much media coverage. why not? >> nobody got killed. it was a happy ending. murky circumstances, who knows what is going on there. but reverend jackson has done this before. he did in this in the 80s in
lebanon. but the media is too busy pounding on romney. >> media was very busy in the last couple weeks. we do have a presidential campaign. we have a crisis in libya. we have a whole bunch of questions that should be asked about that. >> we know they have one brain. [ laughter ] >> it was a tough week to have a good news story and story, by the way, this muslim country, a country in which most of the people are muslims and they did a good humanitarian thing, guaranteed not to make headlines. >> it should have made headlines gambia, they are trying to clear the jails by killing everybody. it's more than likely the men would have been killed. i suspect these men are apparently west african disscent and a lot of people think it's old news or something. >> i just wondered if it had
something to do with the fact that he seemed to get more coverage for these kinds of missions when he was presidential candidate or considered a viable possible president. do you think that has changed? it doesn't seem like jackson's turn in the white house is ever going to come. does he get less attention? >> that inevitable but it also feels like it's a replay on a smaller scale on some of work that jesse jackson has done to pull prisoners of jails around the world. >> jon: next on news watch, ted ♪ [ male announcer ] you've reached the age where you don't back down from a challenge. this is the age of knowing how to make things happen. sowhy let erectile dysfunction get in your way? talk to your doctor about viagra. 20 million men already have. ask your doctor if your heart is healthy enough for sex. do not take viagra if you take nitrates for chest pain; it may cause an unsafe drop in blood pressure.
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hire those talking heads have discovered the more partisan and nastier they are the bigger an audience they get. the only way it's going to change if the audience says, you know something, i'm tired of it. >> jon: that is ted koppel's take on cable news. what do you make of his remarks? >> the whole segment was the standard mainstream media of cable news, mostly fox but msnbc. that dog bites man, no news there. they don't like fox news. what is interesting it appeared on nbc and they spent about third of the time talking about msnbc. there is an intrarockefeller center politics of nbc pounding on msnbc. it's got to be interesting and why williams and koppel would do that, i'm sure....
>> jon: he was showing his bias when he described fox news, a partisan news network with mocking slogan fair and balanced. then he went after bill o'reilly? >> the story is old media guard doesn't like cable news. they don't like the competition. i think it's been a fantastic thing for information. i think it's been wonderful for the public to get multiple news sources. >> "new york times" columnist describes partisan outlet as a primary news source, he writes is a threat to our perfect union? >> it's so self-righteous. you have to wonder. because the big difference is, immense variety of opinion and the fact there is much more of a niche brand in the way cable brand goes about it.
in my mind it bears partisan bias all for free. i don't think you have to doubt it when you are getting it. i think of one, jealousy but i do worry about investment in actual news coverage declining, especially not on the part of cable and the part of the company that i work for, fox news but on the part of the network, they put less money in overseas coverage and correspondents to tale the tale. >> jon: it's a pointed you have manmade many times. >> it's doubly true for newspapers. resources or squeezed and that is why it took a whole week before we found out some of the basic facts about what happened in libya. >> jon: next on news watch, u.s.a. today has a new logo and a certain late night funny guy ♪
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of u.s.a. today could be a collector's item because it was the last edition with the regular old rectangular logo. the next day featured a new logo. a circle, a blue circle. apparently the blue circle on the front page will be designed each day to reflect the top story of the day as will the rest of the sections in the paper. comedy central stephen colbert hates change and radical new design of his favorite paper sent him reeling. >> from now on, when news breaks that circular nature, the u.s.a. today will be all over it folks. whether it be planets, tractor tires, the wheel of fortune, pizzas, bagels, pizza bagels.
[ applause ] >> although if spongebob square pants ever chokes on a dorrito at the pentagon, you won't read about it in the u.s.a. today. [ laughter ] >> jon: the folks at u.s.a. today took issue with colbert's criticism and at the top of thursday's lighted section they proved him wrong. should the late night comic be the top news story, they have a blue circle rea