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

McCain incorrectly denies criticizing media's Clinton coverage


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. Will from NYC

    One word : SENILE

    June 9, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  2. martin

    his memory's gone.so,now he has an excuse for all of his mistakes.senility.

    June 9, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  3. John Smith

    If I were Obama, I will tell these "uneducated" and "bitter" Hillary supporters where to go and hide until this election is over. If they think they are doing Obama a favor, that says a lot about the "mind-set" of these folks!

    This is NOT about Obama or even the DEM party; it is about the direction that this NATION needs to take! I do not care, as long the individual has the "guts" to bring about "change" in Washington, I will give my vote to that person– Green, Yellow, Black, young or old! This is simple common sense.

    Hillary had all the resources, and she blew them all! She ran a horrible campaign, and there is no doubt that she would have ran the U.S. in a horrible manner if she had been the nominee!

    No one has made a case yet that Hillary would have done better than she did here! She planned for this process for years, and has only herself to blame. I did support her, but could not hang on to this level of "failure." There is nothing here to be proud about; she disappointed me!

    June 9, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  4. Jim from IL

    I think the Hillary supporters will understand if he misspoke. It seems to be going around.

    June 9, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  5. Capt. Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah

    We have a president that sent 4100 troops to there death with faulty and fabricated intelligence. This should be the number one story on MSNBC and every other channel across America. It is sad to see that the journalism in this country has lost the meaning of responsibility to the American people. 4100 troops are dead in from the Iraq War; and know one cares mainly because the media has made it that way. Bush sent them and McCain voted to back Bush this is the real story.

    Now McCain is crying over the media, come on McWar you are a big boy if you can't handle this; can you handle anything. Your answer to every thing is to bomb. Now are you going to bomb MSNBC, CNN, and CBS?

    June 9, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  6. Keith

    Good job CNN

    June 9, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  7. Linda31

    OMG, that is funny! Should I say age.....no the that's giving him too much credit. Keep them coming McCain.

    June 9, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  8. snaz


    June 9, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  9. Angus McDugan

    Oops... Watch out for that sniper fire!

    June 9, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  10. Still for Hill

    CNN. Stop the bias and quit doing Obama's dirty work... We the people refuse to let you tear down real patriots....

    Hillary 08/McCain 08

    June 9, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  11. Phil VA

    And some of the HRC supporters want HIM?!?!? Where is the disconnect......oh yeah, between McCain and reality! C'mon folks, lets get this right!

    Obama 08

    June 9, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  12. Georgia Independent

    dementia is rearing its ugly head.... better now than later.

    June 9, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  13. Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA







    June 9, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  14. Independent Voter

    And this is the guy 22% of clinton supporters want as President. What a joke !

    June 9, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  15. LB

    If he wins I hope to doesn't forget when tells someone to bomb another country. He forgets a lot. That has to be the 4th or 5th time in the past few months he has said things and then said he never said it because he has forgotten. Our country is not safe with him at the top.

    June 9, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  16. Luis

    You are reaching Communist News Network........

    Vote McCain or join the insane

    June 9, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  17. Anita from Arizona

    Is this some sick attempt at trying to get Hillary's supporters on the McShame Train???

    June 9, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  18. James

    Start the counter if you have not already. For someone running for president, this guy forgets an awful lot. Gee, he said this less than a week ago!

    June 9, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  19. john

    Oh yea he's up to task for president! Next thing he will say is "THere are no US troops at Baghdad airport" LOL!!!!!!

    June 9, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  20. Debbi

    Isn't it about time to vote for the independent? Or a write in? The U.S can't stay on the same course for another 4 years. God help us if that indeed comes into play.

    June 9, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  21. joe

    please Mccain .don't mess it up now.I am a democrat and you are my candidate now. Please don't make me waste my vote.
    Just sit and relax.You will win.

    June 9, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  22. oil rules

    Wow, this is big news. The press is one of the main contributors to ruining this country.

    June 9, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  23. Slected not Elected

    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, and they will now be using every trick in the book to "bring the party together" to further their ruthless ambitions. They will want you to forget all about the months of biased press, the biased party elite, the insults, the sexist remarks, and the race-cards. They will want you to forget that the Democratic Party now is the party that stands for disenfranchisement of the voters and the rationalization of racism. They will use any method to persuade you to vote for the man who they have preordained as the Democratic nominee. DON'T FALL FOR IT!

    June 9, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  24. Sean S

    When the Hillary Dems figure out McCain is pro-life..lets see what happens

    June 9, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  25. Clinton Supporter

    Ohhh. CNN you are SO defensive. This is not news, guys. Only to you, who apparently believe you are above criticism.

    So what if McCain forgot he "criticized" you? Is this newsworthy? Really? Such delicate egos the "the best political team on television" has! Oh, I forgot, you gave yourselves that accolade. No point in waiting around for your viewers to decide.

    June 9, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
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