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Fox Business Host Charles Payne Apologizes to McCain Over Guest’s Torture Remarks: I Did Not Hear It

This morning on Fox Business, military analyst Thomas McInerney was asked by FBN host Charles Payne if Sen. John McCain‘s (R-AZ) opposition to Gina Haspel‘s nomination as Director of the CIA is founded. (McCain said Wednesday that “her refusal to acknowledge torture’s immorality is disqualifying.”)

Extolling torture’s merits, McInerney said: “The fact is John McCain — it worked on John. That’s why they call him ‘Songbird John.’”

McInerney’s almost universally offensive comment went unchecked by Payne, and people were outraged.

This afternoon, Payne issued a statement via Twitter apologizing to McCain and his family and explaining that he “had the control room in my ear telling me to wrap the segment” and “did not hear the comment.”

“I regret I did not catch this remark, as it should have been challenged,” he added, noting his own Veteran status and praising McCain’s “remarkable service and sacrifice to this country.”

UPDATE: Payne addressed the remark on air. Watch above, via Fox Business Network.

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