By: Joe Strupp
The New York Times rejected an Op-Ed piece written by John McCain that defends his Iraq war policy and responds to a Barack Obama column published in the paper last week, CNN.com reported.
In a story on its Web site, CNN stated that “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,? Shipley reportedly added. ?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.?
Shipley and Editorial Page Editor Andrew Rosenthal could not be reached by E&P for comment Monday. Shipley is reportedly on vacation.
Late Monday, the Times issued the following statement about the rejection:
“It is standard procedure on our Op-Ed page, and that of other newspapers, to go back and forth with an author on his or her submission. We look forward to publishing Senator McCain’s views in our paper just as we have in the past. We have published at least seven Op-Ed pieces by Senator McCain since 1996. The New York Times endorsed Senator McCain as the Republican candidate in the presidential primaries. We take his views very seriously.”
CNN reported that McCain?s rejected piece “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.'”
CNN posted the entire McCain column on its Web site, at: http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/07/21/mccain.op.ed/index.html.
Obama’s column ran July 14 and “had taken shots at McCain for not further encouraging the Iraqi government to take control of the country,” CNN reported.