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that is it for today. have a great week and we'll see you next fox news sunday. e to see you right here next week. >> on fox news watch. a hidden camera shows mitt romney talking to supporters. video released by a media site ignites a firestorm of attacks and negative coverage in the press. romney's words takes the focus off the president and the real issues at hand. new details about the deadly attacks in libya. last week the media bought the white house spin. have they changed their coverage now that we know it was a terror attack? >> now there is proof the department of justice colluded with media matters to hammer doj critics. what wrong with this picture?
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speaking of pictures, candid photos of kate middleton gets a big reaction from the royal family and the press. >> reverend jesse jackson makes an historic trip to free two captive americans and mainstream media are no shows. nbc compares to liberal noise makers with the success of fox news. >> if you are going to be successful on national television you are going to have imitators. look. let's be honest here, not many people is obnoxious as i am. >> jon: on the panel this week, fox news contributor, judy miller, richard grenell that served as press spokesman. jim pinkerton, from the american conservative magazine and juan williams. i'm jon scott.
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>> jon: hidden camera clip made public by mother jones magazine became the focus of mainstream s. cnn reported the video caught fire as damaging material to the presidential nominee.
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associated press, relearning history's gaffe lessons and jonathan martin. >> the worst is we are for is character about the person. that is the problem with this video. >> jon: they latched on this latest diversion to repeat it that republican candidate is out of touch. >> mitt romney doesn't have any empathy which is the problem. >> he only has so much time left with to come up with credible reason he should be commander in chief. >> his message was defended by supporters and the candidate himself. >> he believes every american has to have a stake and he doesn't want the president wants which a bigger government la is taking more people's money. >> the problem as you see right now, so many people have fallen into poverty that they are not paying taxes. they have to rely on government
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and the right course to help them is not just have government handing out but government helping people to get back to good jobs is a. >> jon: as for the secret video feeding the narrative, howard kurtz tweeted i think the romney 47% fund-raising video has been shown moreo than the rodney king beating tape. >> jon: lots of topics to cover. how did it feed into the narrative? >> it had gotten through clobbering romney about libya and then they have this. ten minutes of diane sawyer and juan williams saying what a problem this is for romney. his campaign is doomed. then it's torched and protests and bad news about the iraqis allowing iranians to fly weapons
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through syria then they move on. no context. a few lonely voices say the entire obama foreign policy has collapsed, with the exception of krauthammer they move on to they are eating at parks or whatever it is. the remains is the ten minutes of solid clobbering of romney every night on videotape issue. >> jon: do you agree. it was it a smoke screen for the media? >> i think it had to happen because so many conservatives piled on. it wasn't just the liberal media. it was talking about a string of gaffes. i think dana called it a one-man looper reel but its repeated set of mistakes. this one is major. i don't think it's a great example of media bias. this is covering the man, the candidate. >> jon: but when president obama
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said that the supreme court could not overrule a law passed by congress, that didn't get a whole lot of attention in the media, but the media pounced on this romney thing? >> i think it did get attention when the president said that people challenged them. >> jon: it can go on for days? >> this is the midst of a presidential campaign. what i notice is the times didn't put this story on the front page. similarly the washington post and then it bumped outside. why does the fire pick up? here, it's interesting, i don't know if you view politico as right wing or liberal, but they talked about trouble inside the romney campaign. now it looked like here was repeated gaffe. in this situation what you get is reflex of problems gaining moment, a campaign slipping in the polls and then i think this
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is where the mainstream media is so simplistic. that is the story. we'll all rush to it. >> jon: when the snowball starts to roll they keep gig eight push? >> i think juan is correct. it didn't go on the front page, but that is the problem. this is a one-day story not a multiple day story. the context is better for romney it fires up the base. no one is giving the full video. we want to see the debate about entitlements and who is getting too much and 47% of americans not paying taxes, but the media would not play the whole tape. they wanted the gaffe story. >> and romney backed it up. i didn't say it elegantly, that 47% of americans who pay no taxes is something of a problem. then the next day, outcomes this
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video from 1998, i believe, of then state senator barack obama says he believes in wealth redistribution. that didn't get much play at all. >> right there. is a larger context. gallup poll says a record number of americans, 60% don't trust the media. highest percentage since they have been keeping track of the poll. that might explain why in the middle of 200 news stories, romney is did dead and done for, romney is creeping up in the polls. gallup has hen him high tied. he has been going up for two weeks. it does suggest that dynamic of on 60% of americans don't trust media. the if they are pounding on the romney, romney must be okay. >> they must have decided the
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redistribution comment wasn't the story. maybe you can say because it happened 14 years ago. >> did it happen 14 years ago? the man has a record we can certainly look at. sorry. >> it got six and a half minutes of coverage over 8 stories on sorted of the big three networks. in the meantime, they devoted 88 minutes of coverage to romney's hidden camera video. >> this is an instance which you have the man who wants to be the president of all of us saying that half of the voters don't count. >> half the voters aren't paying taxes. >> let's go to that point. >> referring to them as those people. >> you said would you like to have this discussion. i think lots of americans when paul ryan was selected you were going to get a larger discussion about entitlements.
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why is it you think this statement was made in private to donors as opposed in a public setting. on the substance it's offensive, but here is the thing. people that pay no taxes, most of the people, when you are talking about the 47% majority petraeus roll taxes and state taxes and property taxes whx you are talking -- no, no. let's talk about who pace those taxes. you are talking about the majority of the elderly in our society or people who are so poor or make less than $20,000. that is the substance as opposed to obama's statement. substance we have a tax policy that is about redistribution. i'm saying i thought the fact checkers went crazy on this. >> jon: we'll have more discussion about romney tape and media manipulation when news watch returns. >> a terrorist attack on
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the result could be a game changer. >> with 49 days to election day. a candidate for president doesn't want a distraction from his message. but it's happened in a big way to mitt romney. >> today there was political earthquake in the presidential race and all because of the small camera secretly recording on the side of a room.
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>> let me start tonight, if i were a rich man ♪ ♪ dumb. it one thing to be rich and have a majority of voters convinced you are going to help the rich but what about pandering to the rich. jon: just something on mitt romney speaking in florida back in may. the video made public by mother jones a liberal media outlet. i want to transition to the other part of the tape. part of what was grabbed was mitt romney's opinions about israel and the palestinian question. david korn who is the washington bureau chief who posted that video put the clips on the website but he edited off a key portion. here is how the liberal media covered that edited portion.
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there is a goof ball saying israel that is the unsolvable problem of my presidency. i won't even try. >> we've never had a candidate that could be ever be that stupid in front of five people, never mind 150 people. >> it's true. for someone who constantly accuses the president of throwing israel under the president. he is like thrown israel under the bus and driven away at high speed. he doesn't want to deal with it because it's unsolvable. >> jon: it brought similar reactions from other media. cbs news they say middle east
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peace is not possible. abc news no way there will be israel-palestinian peace and bloomberg said there is no way on the israel palestinian peace accord. keep that in mind when you hear a key portion that david korn left out on what was posted on mother jones.
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>> jon: shows strength and resolve on the part of america and some day palestinians, he said, will want peace. so what do you make of that portion? >> it's typical. sadly this is why the story becomes a multiple day story. people think that it's one thing and david korn clearly edited out the part where mitt romney is very realistic about what it's going to take to get that peace. this is one of the most shameful things that happened throughout the whole week. was a chopped job. mainstream media was completely implicit in it. >> jon: ask any other president about middle east peace negotiations and it was the briar patch for the white house but he didn't say what the headlines said? >> i have to agree with rick. unlike the 47% this is clear example of media bias. in fact barack obama started out
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saying he was going to devote full attention and time to solving the middle east problem. he hasn't done that either. president bush said forced to say at some point and secretary of state to say, here is my number to the palestinians. when you are serious about peace call me up. every president has sound this had issue and that was not reflective in the media coverage not at all. >> jon: i imagine if you had a secret recording in the oval office you would hear most of the recent presidents saying the same thing? >> no, i don't think so. so much of the dynamic that has been played out between the obama administration and netanyahu has been about trying to get netanyahu to be more open for example on settlements issues and trying to open the idea there can be some peace negotiation. there has been great tension about that.
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what is interesting to me about the second part. i agree with everybody on that. i don't know why they would take that out unless they were intentionally skew the tape. here is what i don't agree with. american strength and resolve and support for israel has never been weakened. there is no sense, if america shows more resolve, if you ask people in the middle east they think it's there. >> president obama i have to deal with netanyahu all the time. it's pretty clear from everything you catch obama on off moment, look, let's talk about this editing thing. oddly enough james o'keefe got in trouble with the mainstream media he was allegedly editing things. the media are clearly for it when it helps them and against
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>>. let's be clear. these protests were in reaction to a video that had spread through the region. >> of benghazi? >> we don't know otherwise. we have no information to suggest that it was a preplanned attack. unrest we've seen around the region has been in reaction to a video that muslims, many muslims find offensive. while the violence is
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reprehensible and unjustified it is not a reaction to the 9/11 anniversary that we know of or to u.s. policy. >> the group in benghazi post was well armed and well coordinated attack. do you think it was a spontaneous protest against the movie? >> jon: that was last week. jay carney holding firm on the white house position that the recent 9/11 attacks on the u.s. consulate in libya that killed four americans was the result of a spontaneous riots over a youtube video. as we discussed last week the media parroted that position. this week the story took a different turn. >> this is a fox news alert. we begin with fox news exclusive. intelligence sources that the attack on consulate was directly tied to al-qaeda. we've received word just within the last few minutes that they think one person may be tied and
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may have led the attack on the ground. his name sukan ben kumu. >> jay carney suddenly said this. it is i think self-evident what happened in benghazi was a terrorist attack. our embassy was attending violently and result was four deaths in american officials. why the turnaround, judy? >> as we stay in journalism, even when you try to ignore them for a week there was a stubborn theme. this was a spontaneous eruption of outrage, finally enough material leaked out through the press, not enough because the press wasn't asking the tough questions to force a change in the administration's line. that is what we have now.
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the tough questions lie ahead. >> jon: rick, you worked for u.n. ambassadors. when susan rice goes out on tv and says this was spontaneous and all because of a movie? >> what is interesting about susan rice, immediate response, david gregory did not push her. netanyahu came on david gregory was aggressive. but with susan rice she was able to talk about narrative of a film being the cause without any push back. however, i disagree with judy the u.s. media got it wrong. international media has been right from the beginning. they have been looking at this and they called it a terrorist attack pretty fast. judy adore you, but there was a meaning, maybe it came from someplace. maybe if i was the obama administration, our embassy just got attacked on 9/11, and an
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ambassador was killed. i better blame a mob or movie, put a something over the reality it's an al-qaeda hit on an u.n. ambassador with no security and journal on friday i did a terrific job on death of this ambassador and three other americans. mainstream media would be all over it and hillary clinton and homeland security is being grilled how it happened. it's not happening because there was a meeting that said, no, it came from somewhere. >> there was a line that the "new york times" on friday just as "wall street journal" was writing its piece came to the opposite conclusion and maintained there was not sufficient evidence of a substantial plan of attack. >> couldn't find the guy. "wall street journal" interviewed him. >> you're kidding. >> "new york times" times
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couldn't find him. >> i'm curious about our take on this. >> i'm still looking for hard proof that in fact al-qaeda or some terrorist network was behind this. we have individuals who may have been involved. so and also remember, we're not just talking about libya but we are talking about egypt. we know what happened in egypt often was a direct cause relationship with the film that muslims found it offensive. yes, i think the united states government should have been more alert that it took place on 9/11. yes, the government should have had better security, but is it the case the white house is going back to the original statements? i wonder. >> jon: maybe you are confused because the white house has. >> meanwhile, the obama administration has smeared one of our few allies we have which is the libyan government. people of libya appreciate what we did for them couple years ago. and it's a mob


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