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. Joe

    This war is different than any other war America has fought. It's not a defined army we're up against, instead against terrorists.

    So I don't understand when McCain says we must 'win'...

    How do put out a fire when you're the one fueling its flames?

    July 21, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  2. Gary Chandler in Canada

    you either have charisma or you DONT,
    one of the presidential candidates has it, the other DOESNT

    July 21, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  3. Eye Opener

    McCain is one shameless fellow. He is losing his respect and dignity by going for president. America is not in need of any monkey who is a war monger and is on his toes to go for war

    America needs someone who can fix the economy first. Improve the education system. Safeguard the country. Eliminate corruption. Throw people like Karl Roves and scooters.

    McCain is surrounded by idiots like Guiliani, Liberman who just want to be in limelight. If he goes by his own instinct and intelligence he can go forward.

    July 21, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  4. JH from San Jose

    More McSame. If one article details the position(s) the candidate espouses and it would only be fitting to publishing an opposing article detailing what McCain espouses. The problem is that McCain espouses the status quo and no one is interested in that so instead he criticizes Obama's positions. Good for the New York Times.

    July 21, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  5. Katie

    Unless there's a call to put the Bush war criminals in jail for torture and other heinous crimes, I'm not interested. What on earth is John McSame going to say? His A game amounts to attack Barack and pretend you know how to win wars. What WAR has he won? He was captured in the only war he participated in, and we LOST that one. Hello?

    July 21, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  6. steve

    Wow! I am impressed with the New York Times. They have have actually refused to allow canidates to jerk them around and be used to reiterate trash talking drivel. Kudos for actual jounalistic integrity.

    July 21, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  7. Jon, Pittsburgh, PA

    Of course, Obama's piece didn't attack right? This gets more ridiculous every day. When the Democratic primary was called by the DNC and the media as over, I was fine thinking that I'd vote for Obama in the fall. It hasn't taken very long for me to flip-flop – I will be voting for McCain.

    Obama's supporters have turned me against him so much.

    July 21, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  8. Jim in Orlando

    A double standard from the New York Times ? Nah. Can't be .... not from "All the News that's fit to Wipe ........ errrr Print "

    July 21, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  9. Jim

    All McCain does is complain and take potshots.

    This guy offers nothing positive, otehr than griping about Obama 24-7.

    He should be Whiner-in-Chief

    July 21, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  10. Kathy

    It sickens me to know that the New York Times is now dictating WHAT the Republican nominee should be writing in HIS own opinion piece.

    Obama is free to criticize McCain in their rag of a newspaper, but the Times refuses to run anything McCain writes that is critical of Obama?

    July 21, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  11. Shawna

    Times didn't ask McCain to change his plans/policies, they asked him to write an op ed piece laying out his policies in a fresh and interesting way. They are apart of the marketplace, they need buzz to sell papers, not name recognition. A free marketer like McCain should understand that logic.

    July 21, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  12. Robert

    The Times is asking McCain to write something as well-written as Obama's piece? Good luck to McCain.

    July 21, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  13. CMSgt Preston

    It would be nice to hear something constructive from Sen McCain. A plan. A strategy. It's easy to keep throwing our bravest and best to the dogs for political purposes. Is this the same sen McCain that voted against the recently approved Webb-Warner improved GI Bill. Incredible!

    July 21, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  14. Lori J, Eden Prairie, MN

    Hey, I even took the time to read McSame's so-called "op-ed". It really is nothing more than insults hurled at Senator Obama. It holds no new ideas by McSame. It does, however, highlight all the advancements the Iraqi government has made, and the great and glorious benefits of the surge. If all this is true, there should be no questions of setting timelines and getting out of Iraq, as their government has requested. What's the hold-up, Grampy?
    Obama '08

    July 21, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  15. Deb, Allentown, PA

    Every word out of McCain's mouth is an attack on Obama. How about some positive spin from the Republicans?

    Oh, wait, could the absence of positive spin stem from the fact that all we've gotten from them in the last 7 1/2 years are negative results?

    July 21, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  16. BR

    Kool-aid drinking lefties on here agreeing with the times. It is an editorial, so McCain should be allowed to say what he wants whether you like it or not. I am glad I have a brain and am not just a brain washed progressive screaming hope and change

    July 21, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  17. Mary

    McCain keeps saying he supported the surge, but he forgets that Obama OPPOSED this war to begin with.

    McCain should know that the war did not begin with the surge, it started with the Bush-McCain lies about WMDs in Iraq and not allowing the UN to complete its job.

    July 21, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  18. Jack - Des Moines

    Completely unabashed bias by the NYT. Their refusal to allow Senator McCain to rebutt the accussations and remarks of Senator Obama proves beyond the shadow of doubt what I have said all along...the media is promoting and protecting Senator Obama to the detriment of our democracy. They, having chosen to publish Senator Obama's op-ed peice, should be forced to publish Senator McCain's.

    I don't care what party or person you support for any office – this is not how things are to be done in America. Anyone supporting the NYT's behavior in this matter should be soundly ashamed of themselves.

    July 21, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  19. Jason

    I guess it was fine for the Times to print op-ed's from Arafat and Hamas amonst others, but McCain no way. They are a nothing but a left wing rag.

    July 21, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  20. People make no sense

    Bloggers claim CNN is biased and they print nonimportant stuff, and now the media is stepping up asking McCain to print intelligent, detailed and fact based information in his article and the Jim says they favor Obama.

    Just like I thought a bunch of dummies.

    July 21, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  21. Clark

    By showing such a bias favorable to Obama, the NYT has lost some of the respect of its readers. Hwo do they dare to say "It would be terrific to have an article from Senator McCain that mirrors Senator Obama's piece.” The newspaper should let McCain write, what'd help America to understand how he works and then decide.

    July 21, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  22. Big 'O"

    Wasn't John McCain part of the Keaton Five ( the '80s loan and saving failure). Where countless american lost they life savings. So believe him when he say he knows nothing about the ecomony.

    July 21, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  23. Desert Shield vets

    Obama called it right.
    mr McCains judgement is impaired. you can't vanilla coat it..
    it is what it is. terrible losses in lives and money.

    Obama 08

    July 21, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  24. Amit NYC

    McBush doesn't know how to use the computer, so he probably never got a chance to read Obama's article. McCain is NOT fit to be President, period.

    July 21, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  25. April, OR

    Man, McCain is insane. You think you can write propaganda and just hand it to a major newspaper? The Times was correct on calling this Bozo on it.

    You can't win an election by smearing your opponent with lies this time. The American people are sick of it, and we will not be distracted into thinking the GOP wants to be honorable after all these years.

    Hey John, buy a clue–this is America, not China.

    July 21, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
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