Monday, July 21, 2008

The New York Times Rejects an opinion piece by John McCain

The New York Times rejects an opinion piece submitted to them by John McCain shortly after publishing an opinion piece submitted by Barack Obama.


"The piece was in response to an op-ed from Sen. Barack Obama that was published in the paper last week.

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 Friday. "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."

I have no problem with those in the media expressing an opinion. That opinion should be clearly listed or explained as such. Trying to pass of opinion as fact is unacceptable. So is trying to silence the other side. The point of the media is to inform. That doesn't mean locking one side out of a very credible debate. If it is as it apears, namely that the New York Times refused to print John McCain's opinion piece until he conforms his opinion to the "Democratic model," the New York Times has done itself and those who use the paper to inform themselves a huge disservice.

Obama's opinion piece can be read at the New York Times web site at:

McCain's opinion piece can be read at the CNN web site at:

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