Offbeat Fox Cuts Ties With Guest Who Cited John McCain To Defend Torture

17:57  11 may  2018
17:57  11 may  2018 Source:   huffingtonpost.com

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Retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Tom McInerney will no longer appear on Fox News or Fox Business Network after a Thursday appearance in which he claimed that torture “worked on” Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who was tortured during the Vietnam War.

A Fox spokeswoman told CNN’s Brian Stelter that Fox News and Fox Business Network will stop inviting McInerney as a guest.

“McInerney will no longer be on Fox Business Network or Fox News Channel,” a Fox Business Network spokeswoman confirmed to HuffPost Friday morning, adding that his contract as a contributing military analyst for the network ended last August.

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Conversation on Fox about torture : "It worked on John [ McCain ]. Haspel, whose 30-year career with the CIA has largely remained in the shadows, has been criticized for her work at a CIA black site prison tied to an enhanced interrogation program during the George W. Bush administration.

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McInerney previously has promoted the right-wing birther conspiracy theory that claims without evidence that President Barack Obama was not born in the United States and is a Muslim.

In 2016, McInerney appeared with Donald Trump when the then-GOP presidential nominee held a news conference to attempt to disavow his promotion of birtherism. (Trump affirmed that Obama “was born in the United States, period,” but then falsely claimed that Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton “started the birther controversy.”)

The host of Thursday’s segment, FBN anchor Charles Payne apologized for failing to push back on McInerney’s claim.

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The host of a Fox Business New segment, where a retired Air Force officer defended torture by smearing former POW Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), has apologized for not cutting his guest off. Appearing on the program Thursday morning

John McCain (R-AZ), who was a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War. It was enough to send CNN host Jake Tapper into full attack mode. “The fact is, is John McCain — it worked on John ,” McInerney suggested, when speaking about the use of torture on prisoners.


This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

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Gates: Haspel's ties to enhanced interrogation don't disqualify her from leading CIA .
Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said Sunday he doesn't believe Gina Haspel's ties to an enhanced interrogation program that used methods now widely regarded as torture disqualifies her from serving as CIA director. "I worry about presentism. I think you have to go back to 2001, 2002, and the horror that people in the administration felt, getting reports literally every day that Washington or New York were going to be attacked again," Gates said on CBS's "Face the Nation."Haspel, President Trump's pick to lead the CIA, is in the midst of a tenuous confirmation battle.

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