After Guest Smears McCain’s Military Service, Charles Payne’s Apology Is Nothing But Class

Virginia Kruta Associate Editor
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Fox News host Charles Payne issued a heartfelt apology via Twitter after a guest on his Thursday morning show criticized the military service of Arizona Sen. John McCain, saying that “enhanced interrogation” techniques had “worked on John.”

Payne explained that the control room was speaking into his earpiece at the time the comment was made by former Fox News military analyst Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney, and because he didn’t hear what was said, the remark went unchallenged.

McInerney, who has not been on the Fox News payroll “for nearly a year,” was responding to McCain’s criticism of Gina Haspell, President Donald Trump’s pick to head the CIA now that the agency’s former director Mike Pompeo has been confirmed as Secretary of State.

The Daily Beast agreed with Payne that McInerney’s claim was false, citing McCain’s own words with regard to the “information” he gave up under torture. “Pressed for more useful information, I gave the names of the Green Bay Packers’ offensive line, and said they were members of my squadron,” McCain has said.