June 9th, 2008
03:25 PM ET
6 years ago

McCain incorrectly denies criticizing media's Clinton coverage

CNN

Watch Sen. McCain's comments about Sen. Clinton from last week.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Sen. John McCain incorrectly denied this weekend that he had made a remark criticizing media coverage of Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid during his election night speech near New Orleans, telling an interviewer that he was “not in the business of commenting on the press.”

But the presumptive Republican nominee had delivered the comment in question.

A Newsweek interviewer asked McCain about whether reporters had been fair to Clinton during her presidential run, pointing out that the presumptive Republican nominee had said during his Tuesday night speech that “the media hadn't recognized, or had overlooked some of the attributes that Hillary Clinton had brought to the race.”

McCain denied making the remark. “I did not [say that] - that was in prepared remarks, and I did not [say it] - I'm not in the business of commenting on the press and their coverage or not coverage,” he responded.

The Arizona senator added, “I can't change any of the coverage that I know of, except to just campaign as hard as I can and try to seek the approval of the majority of my fellow citizens. It is something that the American people will judge, and I won't complain about it and I won't praise it. I will just run my campaign and hope that the American people will make a judgment.”

But in his election night address, McCain had taken a swipe at the press. “Senator Clinton has earned great respect for her tenacity and courage,” he said. “The media often overlooked how compassionately she spoke to the concerns and dreams of millions of Americans and she deserves a lot more appreciation than she sometimes receives.” WATCH McCain's comment here.

Some of Clinton's strongest supporters have complained that she received unfair treatment from journalists during her presidential run. McCain's campaign has made a special effort to appeal to disappointed Clinton backers in the days since she ended her White House run.

CNN has asked the McCain campaign for comment.


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soundoff (251 Responses)
  1. CLINTON 08

    TO THE DEMOCRAT PARTY: THINGS ARE STILL COOKIN' FOR THE DEMOCRATS RIGHT? WITH *A LOT* OF CLINTON SUPPORTERS I THINK THEY NEED TO "PRESSURE" MR. OBAMA TO CHOSE CLINTON FOR THE VP, IT'S WHAT'S FAIR FOR EVERYONE. I JUST HOPE OBAMA ISN'T THINKING OPRAH FOR THE VP...

    June 9, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  2. David from Canada

    Is anyone actrually naive enough to think that McCain is speaking for himself, it is becoming clear that he is a puppet of the republican machine (Bush also being a puppet) that has the US in its present mess.

    June 9, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    From a post above:

    "Obama, his supporters, the DNC, the party elite, and the mainstream media have conspired to marginalize the millions of Democrats who have voted for Hillary . . ."

    You forgot the CIA, the Cubans, the Mafia, the Communists, and the men's room attendant at the Russian Tea Room.

    June 9, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  4. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    McCain, like his role mode, Dumbya, LIES. This is the second time he's been caught in less than a week. Anyone who was for Hillary who votes for this antique tool disrespects the things she stands for...

    June 9, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  5. Trev

    His critique was correct.

    Democrats for McCain!

    June 9, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  6. NOCLINTONVP

    You hateful, mean people need to wake up. Someone wins and someone looses. That is over. Now it is time to focus on what the real issues are. You cannot continue to disrespect the Democratic nominee and expect his supporters to continue to turn a blind eye. Your continuous threats, are really old now. Step into the present and recognize that this country needs an enema. Stop being distracted by nonsense that has nothing to do with the future of our country. McCain was a captured POW, okay. But the Republicans have flushed this country farther down the toilet with each time that one of them was in office. It is time to turn the tide, already.

    June 9, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  7. HILLARY WAS FORCED OUT BY SEXISM!!!

    OH COME ON............

    IS THERE EVEN A QUESTION OF WHETHER THE ALL MALE MEDIA SCREWED HILLARY OVER?

    THESE NEWS ORGANIZATIONS ARE REPUBLICAN OWNED, FIGURE THAT ONE OUT!

    THEY WANTED OBAMA!
    GUESS WHY? DUH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 9, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  8. Clinton, no, wait, McCain Supporter

    I don't think it's in the card for Clinton to be McCain's veep, LS, but I do hope McCain muddies the water here even more by choosing a moderate Republican WOMAN for the #2 spot. That would set the DNC, Obama, and the entire Democrat electorate on its ear! Kay Bailey Hutchison jumps immediately to mind, or Olympia Snow. Conde Rice has said no, at least publicly, but a genuine opportunity would be pretty tough for her refuse, especially now that her competition would be Obama. EXPERIENCE COUNTS IN THE WHITE HOUSE!

    Too good to be true.

    June 9, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  9. Mikey The Real American

    If Obama loses because of perceived lack of support from HRC. She will be blackballed and never be able to run again.

    But you know what...that is fine with me!!! I can't stand Obama or Clinton. Obama and Clinton are basically the same person. I am just glad that the most of the Hillary supprters are too angry or too stupid to realize it.

    Mccain '08!!!!!! (even though Romney would have been a better choice)

    June 9, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  10. Hope is universal

    I believe he cannot remember...honestly...what will he forget next? Something REALLY important?

    June 9, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  11. jane in CA

    McCain can invite Hill to be his VP. He can get all her voters minus the millions who have been regret they voted for her.

    June 9, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  12. DEMOCRAT

    Clinton Supporters deflecting to McCain........you get what you vote for.

    Clinton is a democrat for all those that don't seem to remember what party they registered for. Not very long ago they were the people saying that Obama Supporters were voting for him because we thought he was some sort of Messiah. Just listen to yourselves. You are the ones who sound like you have some hero worship going on here. You folks are the very reason that people like me have become so disgusted with politics. It's as if you are worried more about your own feelings that what is best for your country. Do you not care about the soldiers who are dying or your neighbors who are struggling and loosing their homes. Apparently you are the ones who are elitist because no one struggling right now would look at McCain and think that he can do ANYTHING to help everyday Americans.

    June 9, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  13. Jeff D, South Bend, IN

    Old man is going senile. The only way he seems to stop digging, is if he shuts his mouth.

    June 9, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  14. charles

    He doesnt know anything he is talking about. they write a script for him he reads wats written thats it he doesnt remember a thing wat he is talking about. age grandpa age is the problem. u think u seen worse wait and see more is coming. this grandpa real needs to go to old peoples home.

    June 9, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  15. Its OK to be right

    I deny every posting messages on this ticker. Including this one. I'm not in the business if posting messages.

    obama

    June 9, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  16. Enlightened Voter

    See hillary supporters, go ahead and vote for a man that just dogged your princess and then tried to lie about it. I love it! What fools you people are.

    June 9, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  17. Texan for Progression

    Even more unpatriotic than Mega-Corps acquiring unprecedented and, in many cases, unsubstantiated wealth at the expense of American citizens is the American media toying with American citizens in the name of ratings, which also translates to corporate wealth.

    Case in point, CNN implies in this article that a Clinton supporter wrote, ""I love her and will vote for her in 2012, but it's McCain all the way now,"". On the surface I would argue that CNN reports this without ever attempting to confirm that the poster was truly a Clinton supporter, which suggests that CNN is incompetent. However, after close examination of the wording in this article, I find that it only "implies" that this is a Clinton-supporter posting; thus, providing deniability of incompetence. The question now becomes "WHY". It is to keep us (American citizens) engaged in a civil war that is waged, in large part, through the media, which translates into what....DING – Ratings!!!!! They fuel all emotions that result in divisiveness, while racking up ratings and leaving behind a trail of destruction. WE MUST BEGIN RECONCILING OUR DIFFERENCES AND IDENTIFYING OUR TRUE COMMON ENEMIES.

    June 9, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  18. Citizen

    LOL!!!! This senile old wingnut can not even remember what he said.

    June 9, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  19. YES WE CAN + YES WE WILL= DEMS IN WHITE HOUSE

    That was not a slip up, that was a bold face LIE! This man will say anything to get elected, he thinks people are stupid. Like I said once more focus is put on him we will find him to be very dishonest and desperate too.

    He thinks Hillary supporters are stupid just like his own. I for one will never vote for Mr. John McCain. WHO IS HE REALLY every time he speaks he flip flops. Either he is too old to remember or he is a lair, point blank, either way he is wrong for our nation!

    June 9, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  20. Its OK to be right

    I deny every posting messages on this ticker. Including this one. I'm not in the business of posting messages.

    June 9, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  21. Gene

    McCain is a nut, can't read teleprompter, can't speak without making errors. 4 MORE YEARS OF STUPIDITY...God forbid..............

    June 9, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  22. Willie, a Clinton Supporter

    This is so lame and stupid of CNN. Now we are playing the GOTCHA games again. Im still voting for McCain.

    McCain '08

    June 9, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  23. M.S. Indiana

    Hard to keep track of the lies old man ???

    June 9, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  24. bridgette

    He's not senile. He is just being called out on some mess and now he wants too bag out of it.

    June 9, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  25. James

    Obama has NO experience to lead this country period. He talks a good game but that is all. McCain has proven himself by serving his country in war time with honors. Obama never served a day by choice in any military in support of this country. Come on America go for the only choice that makes any sense. John McCain!

    June 9, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
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