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Fox's David Asman Falls All Over Himself Dismissing John McCain's Poor Speechmaking

Reported by Melanie - July 7, 2008 -

David Asman substituted for Neil Cavuto today (July 7, 2008) on Your World. One of the three segments he aired that were supportive of John McCain (as opposed to the four that bashed Barack Obama), featured Democratic strategist Wanda James in a "discussion" (Asman did most of the talking) based on this article from yesterday's New York Times: McCain Battles a Nemesis, the Teleprompter.

Over a chyron that read, "Trouble With Teleprompter: A 'Front-Page' Issue?", James reminded Asman of the Kennedy-Nixon debate and the importance of how people come off on television. Asman, being the neutral "journalist" that he is, would have none of it:

"I gotta tell you Wanda, McCain is no Nixon. Nixon was very nervous anywhere he was in public. McCain — when he's free to just do what he does, to ad-lib, off the cuff — he's a wonderful communicator. He's terrific at it."

James: "You know, I've got to disagree."

Asman: "Oh, please! Have you seen him one-on-one and dealing with a crowd? The guy can do wonders! It's just that his team is over-preparing him for this thing."

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"Here we see in McCain somebody who's got a heroic background. Who's been through war. Seen, looked death in the face and smiled through it and manages to be a great communicator in his own right. So if you can get past that teleprompter stuff, I think he'll be okay."

Comment: Fox to McCain: We've got your back.