July 21st, 2008
03:20 PM ET
6 years ago

New York Times rejects McCain essay

The New York Times rejected an editorial written by John McCain.
The New York Times rejected an editorial written by John McCain.

(CNN) - The New York Times has rejected an op-ed piece written by John McCain defending his Iraq war policy in response to a piece by Barack Obama published in the paper last week.

Read the rejected op-ed

In an e-mail to the McCain campaign, Opinion Page Editor David Shipley said he could not accept the piece as written, but would be “pleased, though, to look at another draft.”

“Let me suggest an approach,” he wrote. “The Obama piece worked for me because it offered new information (it appeared before his speech); while Senator Obama discussed Senator McCain, he also went into detail about his own plans. It would be terrific to have an article from Senator McCain that mirrors Senator Obama's piece.”

McCain’s rejected op-ed had been a lengthy critique of Obama’s positions on Iraq policy, particularly his view of the surge. “Senator Obama seems to have learned nothing from recent history,” wrote McCain, criticizing Obama’s call for an early withdrawal timeline. “I find it ironic that he is emulating the worst mistake of the Bush administration by waving the ‘Mission Accomplished’ banner prematurely.”

Obama’s July 14 essay had taken shots at McCain for not further encouraging the Iraqi government to take control of the country.

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soundoff (266 Responses)
  1. Typical White Person

    Yet one more example of how the MSM is smitten with Obama to the point of being unable to remain neutral in their coverage...

    Isn't there a journalism professor somewhere out there with the ballz to step up and call them on it???

    July 21, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  2. Ms. RDS

    They rejected it b/c it's crap! Almost every sentence starts out with Sen. Obama.....almost similar to his speeches. Why can't he focus on HIS policy issues. He never offers any of his own solutions, the only thing he does is say what he thinks is wrong with Obama's ideas. Maybe this is b/c his plans are NON-EXISTENT! If you wanna hear or read a McCain opinion it goes like this. Senator Obama (Insert opinion)

    July 21, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  3. shadman

    “Senator Obama seems to have learned nothing from recent history,” wrote McCain, criticizing Obama’s call for an early withdrawal timeline. “I find it ironic that he is emulating the worst mistake of the Bush administration by waving the ‘Mission Accomplished’ banner prematurely.”

    So McCain admits that this was the "worst mistake of Bush administration"..yet he continues to promise to do the same...

    July 21, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  4. ZR

    it seems like the straight talk express lost all his tooth.

    July 21, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  5. jen

    GOOD!!! Define victory Senator McCain...You won't because you can't.

    July 21, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  6. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    Yo John Boy! Send it to Bill O'Reilly! He has no problem with propaganda!

    July 21, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  7. ps

    Is there any doubt that the NYT, like so much other media, is actually endorsing Senator Obama?

    How is this responsible journalism?

    July 21, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  8. Travis

    Wow, he cant even get an op-ed piece published. Dont get me wrong, McCain deserves respect for being a 20th century hero and patriot for left, right and center causes. But this is the 21st century and we need a 21st cent leader like Obama. The presidency is not about who can do the work to try to get the job done, however its about who can inspire the most people to work together to get teh job done. Obama inspires!! McCain bores.

    July 21, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  9. Clinton/McCain

    Wow, unbelievable! The bias is so obvious. That's okay. This long-time Democrat will show the media and Democratic party elders they can not pick the next president. I will surely vote for McCain. He's actually qualified to be president.

    July 21, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  10. kiki

    This is horrible media biased.

    July 21, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  11. KH in Wyoming

    I find it interesting that the Republicans and McCain are never willing to define what “Victory” is or means. At least Obama defined what his foreign policy plans are in his recent speech. I can’t say the same for McCain.

    July 21, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  12. Rose

    Gosh, I hope McCain mentioned in his diatribe on the Surge about the 100,000 Sunni on the U.S. payroll. Or how about the walled ghettos to keep the sectarian violence down.

    Obama is right about everything so far. Nuff said.

    July 21, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  13. Ian

    I wonder how long it will take McCain to rewrite his piece, considering he probably used a typewriter from the 1800's.

    July 21, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  14. A

    HAHHAHAA

    July 21, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  15. THE O

    Still what is the meaning of Victory? And based on what type of conditions on the ground? Sounds like he is saying that we have won when I say we have!!! What an EROGANT FOOL.....

    BARACK THE VOTE!!!!!!!!

    BARACK / SEBELIUS 08

    July 21, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  16. Kent

    While Barack is out of town, McCain is giving face time to anyone who will listen. It's been a media blitz of the same old thing. It won't work, the American people know where the real interest lies–overseas. We can't wait to hear more news about our next president, Barack Obama.

    Obama 08

    July 21, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  17. Abby

    Excellent work of journalism, NYT. I like to see backbone.

    CNN, HOW ABOUT REPORTING THE FOLLOWING re: IRAQ/PAKISTAN BORDER

    Asked by ABC's Diane Sawyer Monday morning whether the "the situation in Afghanistan in precarious and urgent," McCain responded:

    "I think it's serious. . . . It's a serious situation, but there's a lot of things we need to do. We have a lot of work to do and I'm afraid it's a very hard struggle, particularly given the situation on the Iraq/Pakistan border," said

    July 21, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  18. Doris,Memphis,TN

    The New York Times rejected McCain and so will America!

    July 21, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  19. patricia

    Hooray for The New York Times!

    July 21, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  20. California Gold

    See John, your hyper-critical Obama rhetoric doesn't work. Lowly voters to the New York Times are rejecting your approach to this campaign. When you lose the General Election I suppose you'll blame Obama for that too instead of objectively considering how miserably you failed to out campaign Obama. No one wants to elect an angry old man with a chip on his shoulder.

    July 21, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  21. Obama's Not Qualified

    OK, so Obama finally settles on an Iraq policy and gets to write about it in the NYT. McCain has been consistent on his policy for years and can't get printed because there is no new news.

    The new news is that Obama is making it up as he goes.

    July 21, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  22. Tom

    McSame just wants to criticizing Obama but offers no solutions or answers.

    No more fear republican rhetoric!

    July 21, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  23. JC

    Nothing like an unbiased media.......

    July 21, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  24. Rob

    Hmmmmm.... wonder if it would have happened the other way around. Maybe the times accepted the first article for fear of being called racist. If it came down to being called bias or racist, I would choose biased any day.

    July 21, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  25. Concerned American

    This is just another example of the liberal media blocking the right of the republican nominee to have his say. Another example is that the media is all over the one visit obama is making to the middle east. However, the media doesn't even bother to show up when McCain visits. Before people are allowed to vote, they should read the Fountainhead and know just what the media can be capable of.

    July 21, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
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