Despite lack of evidence, Fox News suggested Clinton's speech was "more diss than endorsement for Obama"

››› ››› LAUREN AUERBACH

On America's Newsroom, during a segment about Sen. Hillary Clinton's convention speech, Fox News aired on-screen text that asked: "Was Hillary Clinton's speech more diss than endorsement for [Sen. Barack] Obama?" But at no point during the segment did Fox News present evidence that Clinton's speech was, in fact, a "diss" of Obama.

On the August 27 edition of Fox News' America's Newsroom, during a segment about Sen. Hillary Clinton's August 26 speech at the Democratic National Convention, Fox aired on-screen text that asked: "Was Hillary Clinton's speech more diss than endorsement for [Sen. Barack] Obama?" But at no point during the segment did Fox News present evidence that Clinton's speech was, in fact, a "diss" of Obama.

During the discussion, host Bill Hemmer played a video clip of Clinton's speech in which she said, "And you haven't worked so hard over the last 18 months or endured the last eight years to suffer through more failed leadership. No way. No how. No McCain." Hemmer then asked Josh Gottheimer, a speechwriter for former President Bill Clinton, "What did you think of last night?" Gottheimer responded: "I thought she hit it out of the park. ... Clear home run. She was unequivocal. She said, 'Obama is my candidate,' and as you pointed out, it was no way, no how, no McCain."

Later in the segment, Hemmer asked: "Did delegates leave that hall last night saying, 'She should've been the one,' Josh?" Gottheimer replied: "[T]here are always a couple [of people] who are questioning, but I think overall ... the people I spoke to said, 'OK, it's time to get behind Barack Obama.' "

Moreover, in response to Hemmer's statement that the Clintons have "taken a day and a half of the oxygen from this convention in Denver," Gottheimer stated, "I don't think that's an issue at all. I mean, I think Hillary Clinton last night was there for Barack Obama hitting his messages. Do you want more of the same or do you want to stand behind somebody who's ready for change on the economy, on health care, on foreign policy? There was no question about that, and Hillary Clinton was there to stand up for Barack Obama and that's exactly what she did."

From the 9 a.m. ET hour of Fox News' America's Newsroom on August 27:

HEMMER: That right there is the Pepsi Center where all the drama is going to go down eight hours from now -- potential drama on the floor of this room that you're looking at now. Delegates casting their votes for Barack Obama, or will it be a bit of subversiveness for Hillary Clinton? Hillary Clinton stood on that stage last night, gave what everyone is calling a home run speech as she tried to convince people unity, and to get behind Barack Obama. The question already today, though, is did she instead convince some of those delegates they picked the wrong candidate for president? Listen here.

CLINTON [video clip]: And you haven't worked so hard over the last 18 months or endured the last eight years to suffer through more failed leadership. No way. No how. No McCain.

HEMMER: That is the line of the night. Former presidential speech writer and policy adviser Josh Gottheimer with me now. Josh served as special assistant and speechwriter to none other than president Bill Clinton and more recently was [Sen.] John Kerry's [D-MA] traveling speechwriter and senior policy adviser -- whew -- during 2004. Long title. What's happening? What did you think of last night?

GOTTHEIMER: I thought she hit it out of the park. I think she --

HEMMER: Clear home run?

GOTTHEIMER: Clear home run. She was unequivocal. She said, "Obama is my candidate," and as you pointed out, it was no way, no how, no McCain.

HEMMER: Which is the line that most people remember. If you read the speech, it breaks down the following way.

GOTTHEIMER: Yeah. Uh-huh.

HEMMER: Three-quarters Hillary Clinton, one-eighth Barack Obama, one-eighth John McCain. The debate now is whether or not she did enough for Barack Obama.

GOTTHEIMER: Well, I think any conversation she had about thanking her supporters was to tell all 18 million of them: Get on board. The answer is Senator Obama. Don't forget that when it comes to the economy and when it comes to health care, he's the answer. He's the best president that we're going to have. And I mean, I think she was unequivocal about that.

HEMMER: To go to your point, Josh, roll this clip here. This is part of what she said about Barack Obama. Watch this.

CLINTON [video clip]: And you haven't worked so hard over the last 18 months or endured the last eight years to suffer through more failed leadership. No way. No how. No McCain.

HEMMER: Well, I guess we're going to hear it twice. That was the wrong clip. We wanted to hear a little bit of an endorsement for Barack Obama. Did delegates leave that hall last night saying, "She should've been the one," Josh?

GOTTHEIMER: No, I think all the delegates that I spoke to and everybody I saw leaving the hall last night made it very clear --

HEMMER: Everyone?

GOTTHEIMER: Everyone.

HEMMER: Seen some of the stories that have been written today?

GOTTHEIMER: Well, but listen, there are always a couple who are questioning, but I think overall, the people I said -- the people I spoke to said, "OK, it's time to get behind Barack Obama."

HEMMER: Why did she mention her husband's name once?

GOTTHEIMER: Versus how many times?

HEMMER: And only once?

GOTTHEIMER: I mean, I think she played great homage to the '90s, which is exactly what she was supposed to do, but this is not about Bill Clinton or this is not about Hillary Clinton. This is about Barack Obama. It's about another eight years or four years of the same Bush policies.

HEMMER: I think you're exactly right about that. The problem for the Obama folks is that they've taken a day and a half of the oxygen from this convention in Denver. How big of an issue is that?

GOTTHEIMER: I don't think that's an issue at all. I mean, I think Hillary Clinton last night was there for Barack Obama hitting his messages. Do you want more of the same or do you want to stand behind somebody who's ready for change on the economy, on health care, on foreign policy? There was no question about that, and Hillary Clinton was there to stand up for Barack Obama and that's exactly what she did.

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