Fox Business will no longer book analyst who said torture 'worked' on McCain

Fox Business will no longer book analyst who said torture 'worked' on McCain
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A former Fox News military analyst will not be booked on Fox Business again after saying that torture “worked” on Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMeghan McCain on Pelosi, McCarthy fight: 'I think they're all bad' Democrats seek to counter GOP attacks on gas prices Biden nominates Jeff Flake as ambassador to Turkey MORE (R-Ariz.).

The network will not book Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney again, a spokesperson confirmed to The Hill.

McInerney made the comment during an appearance on Fox Business to discuss President TrumpDonald TrumpRealClearPolitics reporter says Freedom Caucus shows how much GOP changed under Trump Jake Ellzey defeats Trump-backed candidate in Texas House runoff DOJ declines to back Mo Brooks's defense against Swalwell's Capitol riot lawsuit MORE’s CIA director nominee Gina Haspel, who McCain has fiercely opposed over her work at a CIA black site prison.

"Sen. John McCain said he's not going to endorse Haspel also in part because she believes in torture, that she thinks it works, even though she laid out at least three instances where it did work to the benefit of humankind, not just Americans, but all human beings," McInerney said on the show.

"Well, she can't use it [torture] anymore because we have determined in Congress that it's not legal,” he added. “The fact is, is John McCain, it worked on John. That's why they call him 'Songbird John.’”


Charles Payne, the host of the show, apologized to McCain and his family and said that he did not hear the remark.

“I regret I did not catch this remark, as it should have been challenged,” Payne said. “As a proud military veteran and son of a Vietnam vet these words neither reflect my or the network’s feelings about Senator McCain, or his remarkable service and sacrifice to this country.”

McCain, who was forced to falsely confess to crimes after being tortured as a POW during the Vietnam War, has called for his colleagues in the Senate to reject Haspel’s nomination.

“As I have argued many times, the methods we employ to keep our nation safe must be as right and just as the values we aspire to live up to and promote in the world,” he said.

--Updated at 7:56 a.m.