Senator John McCain‘s office hit back at MSNBC’s Chuck Todd yesterday after a video surfaced Thursday of Todd and Fox News’ Ed Henry talking on a hot mic about McCain’s recent statements.
“Did anybody check John McCain? Is he OK now that David Petraeus came out against doing anything [on Iraq],” Todd said to Henry Thursday as they were waiting for the president to make his statement on Iraq.
“I gotta think McCain must have had heart palpitations…David Petraeus said what?”
“What was funny is McCain was on our air an hour ago saying we should send Petraeus to Iraq,” Henry said, responding to Todd. He [Petraeus] gave a speech yesterday saying we can’t be the Air Force of Iraq.”
“It’s not like further evidence was needed to prove the liberal bias at MSNBC and in the mainstream media,” McCain communications director Brian Rogers told Business Insider. “But Chuck Todd’s ‘hot mic’ comments asking if anyone ‘checked on’ Senator McCain for ‘heart palpitations’ over General Petraeus’ remarks on Iraq show just how quickly the media will try and discredit Senator McCain and anyone who questions President Obama.”
Interesting to note, McCain’s office only criticizes Todd in their statement, with no mention of Henry, who Todd was speaking to during the hot mic exchange.
We’ve reached out to MSNBC for comment from Todd, but have not yet heard back.