TV Newsers Offer Thoughts on the Late Senator John McCain

By A.J. Katz 

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Six-term Arizona Senator and former Republican presidential candidate John McCain passed away yesterday at the age of 81.

Sen. McCain was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor in July 2017 and had been undergoing treatment. But on Friday his family announced he had decided to discontinue that treatment.

His wife, Cindy McCain, and his daughter & ABC Newser Meghan McCain released statements on Twitter:

The Sunday shows took time to remember the late senator this morning, who, in addition to a lengthy career in politics, is known for his heroism as a bomber pilot during the Vietnam War. When McCain’s plane was shot down, he spent more than five years as a POW. While being held by his captors, he suffered torture that left him with lasting disabilities.

TV newsers took to Twitter Saturday night to praise the late senator. He was someone who made himself very accessible to the media over the years, and had been a critic on President Trump’s attacks on the media.

Additionally, the networks broke into their regularly-scheduled programming with special reports last night to announce McCain’s passing.

ABC’s 20/20 had a John McCain tribute teed up  – John McCain: An American Hero  – which aired in the 10 p.m. ET  hour.