New York Times Rejects McCain Op-Ed

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Another title for this one might be “Jawdropper of the Day.” At Drudge:

NYT REJECTS MCCAIN’S EDITORIAL; SHOULD ‘MIRROR’ OBAMA
Mon Jul 21 2008 12:00:25 ET

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 DRUDGE REPORT has learned.

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.’

[Shipley served in the Clinton Administration from 1995 until 1997 as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Presidential Speechwriter.]

UPDATE at 7/21/08 9:35:16 am:

Previous op-ed contributors to the New York Times have included Yasser Arafat and various spokesmen for Hamas: What Hamas Wants.

UPDATE at 7/21/08 10:05:34 am:

And for some extra-crunchy irony, here’s New York Times empty suit “readers’ representative” Clark Hoyt, defending publishing that Hamas op-ed: The Danger of the One-Sided Debate - New York Times.

(Hat tip: LawHawk.)

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