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

New York Times rejects McCain essay

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(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. Laura

    It seems like McCain's article was all negative, without offering his own policy proposals. I hope he revises his article to show more of what he would do, and then the NYT will print it.

    July 21, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  2. Lulu

    So biased!

    July 21, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  3. Kathy

    Fair is fair!!! This is just what I expected from the NY Times. They are just like the rest of the media. So Biased. Wake up people. We the people have a right to our choices too. You get Obama..... You'll be sorry!

    July 21, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  4. Mark Webb

    Can anyone translate this elitist phraseology in ordinary people language???

    July 21, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  5. Obama 08 - rocking it baby

    How could one say NY Times is in bed with Obama (Voter, Omaha NE) ? This is the same paper that had the "satire" cover page correct? NYTimes know that no one want to hear McSame say the same old thing .... or throw mud at Obama ... since Bush is changing his policies towards the same way Obama has suggested McSane doesn't know what to do hehehehehe it is sad but one thing about McBush he won't fail without a Good CRY!

    Obama 08

    July 21, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  6. Nevada

    Monday, July 21, 2008:

    "The Nevada Republican Party canceled its state convention for lack of interest. A quorum is 675 and only 300 people signed up. The delegates to the national convention will be chosen in a conference call."

    Quoted from electoral-vote.com

    July 21, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  7. Stephen, Dallas, TX

    The New York Times' job is to publish "the news" or (on the OpEd pages) individuals' views re: "the news".

    I read the Obama OpEd piece... and there was nothing in it that he hasn't already been spouting during the campaign. By definition, it was NOT "the news". Therefore... it was (and rightly so for an OpEd piece), just somebody's opinion on "the news". Period. That's all it was.

    So... what's their problem with publishing somebody else's opinion on "the news"?

    The problem is obvious. The New York Times, it's editors and editorial staff, is and will be supporting the candidacy of Barak Obama for President of the United States... and will throw all it's significant resources behind that candidacy.

    No dfferent than Fox News in the other direction.

    Not surprising... but still very disappointing.

    July 21, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  8. Sean

    Even though I will never vote for McWar, this was a bad move by the NYT. Obama's piece attacked McCain- can we really expect McCain not to attack Obama?

    All the news we want to print.

    July 21, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  9. Kate

    Since when did page Editor David Shipley become the voice of what gets to be printed in a country where freedom of speech is paramount to an election, not to mention daily life?

    Who cares if the media is tiring of tools and tactics used in an election... the media shouldn't be directing political opinion, the media is resource for disseminating information... ALL information and opinions, whether the page editor agrees with it or not!

    July 21, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  10. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    NY Times, where's your demands on Obama? How many residual troops will he leave in Iraq, and for how long? CNN estimated it could be 30,000-50,000. How long will we be in Afghanistan? What's your timetable for that? What's your definition of victory there? This is an absolute outrage, and just shows the media bias that McCain is fighting.

    July 21, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    The New York Times........................unbiased?

    July 21, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  12. Kyle

    This is whats wrong with all the media. All they want to do is cover "Pretty Boy" Obama. It isnt fair!

    Oh well I am sure the American people will see through him in the end!

    McCain/Nobama 2008

    July 21, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  13. andrew in SA

    Mike from Syracuse said,
    "Amazing. The NY Times trying to tell a Presidential candidate what to say. Did it tell Obama what he had to say? This is media bias at it's worse. This is an abuse of the First Amendment."

    They didn't have to tell Obama what to say, he wrote an editorial that expressed his views on substantial political issues, he didn't simply resort to bashing his opponent.

    How is this media bias!? The Times are trying to facilitate an honest discussion on relevant issues, that should be important to anyone no matter who you support.

    An abuse of the First Amendment!? Really? How? McCain can say whatever he wants, that doesn't mean the Times are obligated to publish it.

    July 21, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  14. Scott

    Lovely...just lovely. The NYT will print a speech by one candidate, but when a rebuttal editorial is submitted, NYT wants to control it's content. So much for unbiased reporting. I'm so sick of the "journalism" and "news" that we receive any more that it makes me sick our citizens died for the right to free press....for us only to end up with garbage like the NYT.

    July 21, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  15. Ann

    What a joke, wake up America, Obama is not the president and needs to stop being treated as such. What a joke this whole election has become all because people want to PUT Obama in as president, the news media, Fox is excluded, but people like CNN are nothing more but a lovefest for Obama. I came to visit my sister in Georgia this week, you think that qualifies me to have experience on foreign policies considering I don't live in Georgia and btw no one paid for my trip..

    July 21, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  16. M from MD

    The NY Times has the right to reject material but it's utterly ridiculous to suggest to someone like John McCain what he should say! Forget about objective reporting, they are making a mockery out of journalism. I am a registered Democrat but I find this particularly appaling and it's media acts like this NY Times spectacle that sway me in the direction of McCain!

    July 21, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  17. Jay


    July 21, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  18. Juice

    Have any of you ever watched Fox news channel? It's about time somebody reacted to the republican attack dogs.

    July 21, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  19. Michelle

    Wall Street has downgraded the Big Three networks from
    "news" to "paparazzi."

    They have lost their status as serious news.

    patriotroom.com has the article

    July 21, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  20. Tom Eyemdaman

    NYT: How dare you criticize our candidate. Please re-write your article to be less critical of our nominee!

    Is anyone surprised?

    July 21, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  21. Fernando ATL

    Abby, FatCheck: McCain's mistake about the Iraq/Pakistan border is similar to Obama's suggestion that he would talk to the President of Canada about NAFTA... Do you really believe the candidates do not know those facts?... come on, le'ts focus on the issues...

    July 21, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  22. Janelle

    Like I said, complaints about the Times being "biased" because they won't allow a candidate to bash another one.

    Obama wrote an article that was consistent with the paper's policy on what they will publish from a political candidate. McCain doesn't, just criticizes and offers nothing about his plans or policies, and gets turned down. He is also told that they will publish McCain's article when it conforms to the paper's policy. I respect the Times more and McCain less.

    July 21, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  23. HavingFun

    Iraq/Pakistan border..Yes Sir, McCain ! Please prepare an Agenda to hunt Osama and Al Qaeda there and to be there for 100 years !!!

    July 21, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  24. F W

    CNN, please help the morons who see media bias in this understand the difference between the news sections of the papers and the editorials. A quick primer on the difference might help them understand why what Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity tell them differs from what the actual reporters report, as well as why the NY Times can be unbiased in its reporting, but take sides on in its editorial sections.


    July 21, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  25. aaron from minneapolis

    McCain strategy is put more troops in the area while have no idea how long it'll take to work or if it'll work so he can't put timetables on it. Heaven forbid he makes a prediction of how long it would take. Being held captive for 5 years does not make you President worthy. He tried killing himself while being a POW. McCain can't even put together a plan good enough for the New York Times, how sad.

    July 21, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
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