Host Howard Kurtz sat down with John McCain in a pre-recorded interview on his relationship with the press during yesterday’s “MediaBuzz” on Fox News Channel.
On Jon Stewart’s position as a social critic with a sizeable following among young people, McCain said, “Listen, he’s a very entertaining and funny guy. 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.’ That’s just wrong.”
Additionally, when discussing changes in his relationship with the media from 2000 to 2008, McCain added, “in my view and those people around me, it became a rather adversarial relationship and it’s very unfortunate.”