Discussing on Fox & Friends whether Sen. John McCain is "fit enough to be the next commander in chief," radio host Mike Papantonio said, "[W]e ought to have the right to know about what's the status of the cancer that he had -- he developed two times, malignant melanoma." Steve Doocy replied, "That is true. All right. And I believe those records have all been released." However, while McCain released his full medical records in 1999, he has yet to release his recent medical records, which his campaign reportedly says it will do "sometime in May" after reportedly having "pledged to release [his cancer] test results before the end of April."
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On the April 24 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends, during a discussion of an April 22 Los Angeles Times article headlined "John McCain gets tax-free disability pension," Mike Papantonio, co-host of Air America's Ring of Fire, stated of McCain, "[W]e ought to have the right to know about what's the status of the cancer that he had -- he developed two times, malignant melanoma." Co-host Steve Doocy responded, "That is true. All right. And I believe those records have all been released." However, as numerous media outlets have reported, while McCain -- who had melanomas removed in 1993 and 2000 -- released his full medical records in December 1999, he has yet to release his recent medical records, and, indeed, the campaign reportedly now says "they're going to release his medical records ... sometime in May," after reportedly having "pledged to release [his cancer] test results before the end of April."
On the April 18 edition of CNN's The Situation Room, political correspondent Dana Bash reported:
BASH: It was about a month ago, maybe more that John McCain was actually coming from a doctor's appointment, and he said that he would release his medical records right about now. And then immediately, his campaign said, well, you know, it might, you know, be a couple of days later.
The McCain campaign told us a couple weeks ago that they're actually not going to release his medical records until next month, sometime in May. The reason they give, Wolf, is because they say they're trying to line up all of his doctors because they insist they want his doctors to be at a press conference available to answer reporters' questions about McCain's health. Of course, you remember he had skin cancer eight years ago and obviously he would be, if elected, the oldest president. So they understand his health is a big issue.
But, you know, it's going to be May before we get any kind of -- or any kind of medical records from him. They did release a lot of records back in 1999, the first time he ran for president.
From the April 24 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends:
DOOCY: Questions are being raised by the L.A. Times over the fact that John McCain is getting disability pension payments for the injuries he received while he was a prisoner of war. Joining us once again, Media Research Center's Brent Bozell and syndicated radio talk-show host Mike Papantonio.
Brent, according to the L.A. Times, it talks about how John McCain is getting 50-some-odd thousand dollars a year military disability pension. Of course, he was ejected from -- you know, he was shot out of the sky, broke his arms, they tortured him for five years, and now they're saying --
L. BRENT BOZELL III (Media Research Center president): Details.
DOOCY: -- well, if he is disabled, technically in the eyes of the government, he couldn't possibly be fit to be the commander in chief.
BOZELL: No, and neither was Franklin Delano Roosevelt. You know, this is not a cheap-shot article; this is just a stupid article -- on two points. First, they say that, that because he's disabled, he's not fit to be president. In the very next sentence, the very same source says that because he hiked in the Grand Canyon, he's not eligible to get the benefits. You know, it's one or the other. Either you are or you're not unfit. And here's the funny thing: The source for the story, Robert Schriebman -- do you know what medical qualifications he has, according to the L.A. Times?
NAPOLITANO: He's a lawyer.
BOZELL: Do you know how they cite him? He's a tax adviser.
NAPOLITANO: You know, Mike, the article may be stupid, but do we have a right to know exactly what the disability is?
PAPANTONIO: Look, when America's biggest, most successful corporations hire their CEO to lead their companies, they don't start looking at a 72-year-old that has a history of serious health problems. They hire CEOs at the peak of their physical and mental capabilities, and that peak is not during the golden years -- that peak is between 45 to 60. Now, granted, FDR had a disability; JFK had a disability.
PAPANTONIO: Some people think -- some people think George Bush has a learning disability. He -- so --
CARLSON: Oh. That's a cheap shot too. Mike --
DOOCY: Mike, you should be ashamed of yourself for that.
PAPANTONIO: But you can't say --
DOOCY: This is not your radio show.
PAPANTONIO: -- you can't say that that's the issue. OK? Here's the issue --
CARLSON: Well, come on. They're trying to create an obvious battle here, because they're saying that John McCain is basically too old for the job, but at the same time they're saying that he hikes the Grand Canyon and he's -- and everyone else on the campaign trail says that he outpaces them. So which one is it?
PAPANTONIO: Well, I mean, here it is. Here's a man who's already approaching the life expectancy according to actuarial tables. He's already approaching the life expectancy of an American male, which is 75 years old. This is his first term in office. We have -- we ought to have the right to know about what's the status of the cancer that he had -- he developed two times, malignant melanoma.
DOOCY: That is true. All right. And I believe those records have all been released. All right, Brent and Mike, we thank you very much.