McCain: Fox News is “a bit schizophrenic”

The Arizona senator was referring to the way the network portrays immigration reform

Topics: John McCain, Fox News, Republicans, Arizona, Conservatives,

In an interview with the New Republic, Sen. John McCain called Fox News “a bit schizophrenic” when it comes to discussing immigration reform.

“ It is well known that Rupert Murdoch is a strong supporter of immigration reform,” McCain said. “Roger Ailes is also a realist. He believes that immigration reform is vital to the country first, but also the GOP. Yet he does not dictate. [Sean] Hannity has come out against it and kept his job. I don’t think Roger Ailes is ham-fisted.”

From TNR:

[TNR's Isaac Chotiner]: But if you watch Fox, there are all these segments on immigrants and crime and so on, and people get riled up, and then they want reform. It’s a difficult dynamic in the party.

[John McCain]: I think that Fox News is a bit schizophrenic. I saw a guy on “Hannity,” maybe “Huckabee,” and the guy said, “You know, the Chinese are coming across our border, and they are going to commit cyber attacks.”

IC: They have to cross the border to do that?

JM: Honest to God! “They are going to commit cyber attacks.”

In the same interview, McCain chided Katie Couric for her famous interview with then Vice Presidential-candidate Sarah Palin, saying that Palin ”did everything I ever wanted. She excited our base in a way I was unable to achieve. And then I watched the shredding and destruction to destroy a good and decent person by the liberal media, beginning with Katie Couric.”

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at

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