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July 21, 2008

McCain Tries to Copy Cat Obama — The New York Times REJECTS MCCAIN’S EDITORIAL

Rewrite -- your article is NOT up to our standard! An editorial written by Republican presidential hopeful McCain has been rejected by the NEW YORK TIMES -- less than a week after the paper published an essay written by Obama.

The paper's decision to refuse McCain's direct rebuttal to Obama's 'My Plan for Iraq' has ignited explosive charges of media bias in top Republican circles.

'It would be terrific to have an article from Senator McCain that mirrors Senator Obama's piece,' NYT Op-Ed editor David Shipley explained in an email late Friday to McCain's staff. 'I'm not going to be able to accept this piece as currently written.'

In McCain's submission to the TIMES, he writes of Obama: 'I am dismayed that he never talks about winning the war—only of ending it... if we don't win the war, our enemies will. A triumph for the terrorists would be a disaster for us. That is something I will not allow to happen as president.'

NYT's Shipley advised McCain to try again: 'I'd be pleased, though, to look at another draft.'

Here is New York Times Opinion Page Editor David Shipley's full e-mail to the McCain campaign detailing why the paper rejected the Arizona senator's essay.

Dear Mr. Goldfarb,

Thank you for sending me Senator McCain's essay.

I'd be very eager to publish the Senator on the Op-Ed page.

However, I'm not going to be able to accept this piece as currently

I'd be pleased, though, to look at another draft.

Let me suggest an approach.

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. To that end, the article would have to articulate, in concrete terms, how Senator McCain defines victory in Iraq. It would also have to lay out a clear plan for achieving victory — with troops levels, timetables and measures for compelling the Iraqis to cooperate. And it would need to describe the Senator's Afghanistan strategy, spelling out how it meshes with his Iraq plan.

I am going to be out of the office next week. If you decide to re-work the draft, please be in touch with (Redacted)

Again, thank you for taking the time to send me the Senator's draft. I
really hope we can find a way to bring this to a happy resolution.


David Shipley




  1. LOL! It just gets better and better each day for McCain. He better re-write the piece and call it, “This is something I will not allow to happen as president…because I will never be president.” That’ll get it printed.

    And did you see this? More funny McCain:


    Comment by Bruce — July 21, 2008 @ 1:03 pm | Reply

  2. Bruce, I saw your piece. It makes sense — in his mind McCain thinks it’s still 1993. He thinks Czechoslovakia still exists and the internet has not been invented. He believes he’s a sprightly 57 and Obama is 32. LOL!

    Comment by Paulette — July 21, 2008 @ 1:22 pm | Reply

  3. I saw that McCain piece on Drudge … it really isn’t very good.

    Comment by deannaizme — July 21, 2008 @ 2:30 pm | Reply

  4. Deanna, McCain reminds me of a little kid — he’s quick to pounce on everything. So many things seem to be tit-for-tat even when Obama is minding his own business and doing his thing. McCain: he wrote an op-ed; I want to write one too! Me too, me too, me too! McCain seems not to have any original ideas.

    What works for Obama will not always work for him and vice versa. He seems so childish at times. But that makes sense — I’ve heard too often from my parents, “once a man, twice a child.”

    Comment by Paulette — July 21, 2008 @ 2:41 pm | Reply

    American main stream media has replaced objectivity, integrity, and free choice with one sided reporting, that reflects their bias for Barack Obama. The American Press used to be the last bastion of truth. When special interests got out of hand, the press came to the rescue and exposed them to the public. Now, the press is the special interest with their own agenda.

    Comment by Howard — July 22, 2008 @ 5:41 pm | Reply

  6. Mccain is such a great Maverick that he stole Obamahs theme of change and now trying to sell it to the american people…….we don’t by stolen goods MCCCAIN

    Comment by tommy — September 5, 2008 @ 3:11 am | Reply

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