Monday, July 21, 2008

America Deserves So Much Better Than The New York Times

I cannot more strongly express my revolting disgust with The New York Times.....

I know that Barack Obama WILL become our next President. I believe and hope he will be an exemplary Chief Executive. Obama may very well be the change that America needs.

But do we actually have to dispense with the election itself? Are we to be force fed a coronation of one candidate? It seems the New York Times thinks so.

Today's decision to "reject" the editorial submitted John McCain to The Times just one week after they accepted and printed a remarkably similar editorial from Obama reflects the worst of media elitism and free press hypocrisy. A full report by ABC News is available here: McCain OpEd Not Up to NY Times' Snuff

That the Times Opinion Editor David Shipley rejected the McCain piece on content grounds is astonishing. And his dismissive attitude is simply stunning.

Shipley admonished McCain, "It would be terrific to have an article from Senator McCain that mirrors Senator Obama's piece. I'm not going to be able to accept this piece as currently written."

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

A key ingredient demanded by Shipley iin McCain'srevision is a "Republican timetable for withdrawal."

Of course the fact is that Shipley is a two bit paritsan hack. Shipley is a partisan Democrat who has no business working for the Times in the first place, let alone in a position of editorial power. Shipley's partisan stripes were well earned. He served the Clinton Administration from 1995 until 1997 as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Presidential Speechwriter.

A better man than Shipley could overcome his prejudice. But it would have to be a better man than Shipley.

Later tonight I will be printing the editorial that the Times rejected, exactly as prepared and written by Senator McCain.


POSTSCRIPT: American's are remarkably fair minded people. This latest Times stunt and the media's fawning is obviously backfiring. Obama's lead in national polls has dropped to a single point. I genuinely believe that if the press treated McCain fairly, Obama would be leading by ten points.

Rasmussen reports, "The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows Barack Obama attracting 42% of the vote while John McCain earns 41%. That’s the lowest level of support measured for Obama since he clinched the Democratic Presidential nomination on June 3."

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