Tuesday, 22 July 2008

An article by John McCain that will get very little publicity

Whilst Saint Barack Obama continues his tour of photo-opportunities and the BBC and other western media moisten as they cover his passage, you might have thought that some coverage of John McCain would be in order. The only coverage that I have seen was of John McCain playing golf with George Bush (George W.'s father), shown in order to make him look as old as possible. If you, unlike the BBC, are interested in the issues and what John McCain has to say, then take a look at this piece on Iraq.

Interestingly this article was written as an "op-ed" piece for the New York Times but was rejected by that impeccable left-of-centre paper. As The Drudge Report reports:
"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.'...

Shipley, who is on vacation this week, explained his decision not to run the editorial.

'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.'

Shipley continues: '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.'"

In other words, we won't publish a John McCain article unless it meets some new criteria that we have just thought of... oh yes, and don't forget to VOTE OBAMA.

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