Former Republican presidential candidate John McCain told Fox News Channel's Howard Kurtz that his relationship with the press changed during his second bid for the White House after he says reporters started taking his remarks "more and more" out of context.
“Everybody has their own version of events," Sen. McCain (R-Ariz.) said in an interview set to air on "MediaBuzz" Sunday, according to a transcript provided to TheBlaze,"but unfortunately at least in my view and those people around me, it became a rather adversarial relationship and it’s very unfortunate."
"[M]any of the comments I made in the context of a long conversation if you took a sentence out you could have it be critical," he continued. "Well that was happening to us more and more and frankly one of the real disappointments to me and I’ll take the blame for it is the deterioration of a relationship that wasn’t that we were so much friends you know but that we had kind of a open relationship and the more time I was able to spend with the media the more I was able to make them understand exactly where I was coming from. Well we lost that during the 2008 campaign.”
During the interview, McCain also offered his thoughts on comedian Jon Stewart's position as a social critic.
“Oh yeah, listen he’s a very entertaining and funny guy," the Arizona senator said. "When he says things which he’s entitled to, after all he is a late night comic, that are absolutely wrong, he gets away with it and it is what it is. I frankly have no beef with late night comedians who make fun of politicians. That’s the nature of the business."
"I do resent when respected commentators who are columnists particularly say things that absolutely are contradicted by the facts like oh well we wanted to leave a force behind in Iraq but the Iraqi’s wouldn’t take it," he added. "That’s just wrong."
The entire interview is scheduled to air Sunday at 11:00 a.m. ET on Fox News Channel.
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