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N.Y. Times Editor Who Nixed McCain Essay Was Bill Clinton Speechwriter!

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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.”

David Shipley, Deputy Editorial Page Editor and Op-Ed Editor of The New York Times.

David Shipley, Deputy Editorial Page Editor and Op-Ed Editor of The New York Times.

“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.

Shipley was President Bill Clinton’s Senior Speechwriter and Assistant to the President from 1995 to 1997, had advised the McCain campaign that “the article would have to articulate, in concrete terms, how Senator McCain defines victory in Iraq. “It would also have to lay out a clear plan for achieving victory — with troops levels, timetables and measures for compelling the Iraqis to cooperate. And it would need to describe the senator’s Afghanistan strategy, spelling out how it meshes with his Iraq plan.”

He added that he hoped the parties could “find a way to bring this to a happy resolution.”

In a statement released Monday, The New York Times said 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.” When asked if that had been the case with Senator Obama’s piece, Shipley said no, because as he told the McCain Campaign, Obama’s piece contained “new” information, and wasn’t 100% just a critique of Senator McCain.

See? No conspiracy or double standard whatsoever. What Senator Obama had to say was “new”, “fresh” and “enlightening” amd “atriculate”. Surely everyone who read the piece can see that. What Senator McCain had to say was none of those things, so Shipley and the New York Times had to reject it. Surely anyone who is enlightened and fair-minded can see that, right? And if you can’t, the logical progression goes, you don’t count because people who are not enlightened cannot be reasoned with.

Is all that clear now?



Mr. Shipley served in the Clinton Administration from 1995 until 1997 as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Presidential Speechwriter. He had been the executive editor of The New Republic Magazine from 1993 until 1995. Mr. Shipley first came to The Times in September 1990 as an assigning editor for the Op-Ed page. He received a B.A. in English from Williams College and was the recipient of a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship. He is the co-author of “Send: The Essential Guide to Email for Office and Home.” He was born in Portland, Oregon in 1963 and has two children.


Written by Ridgeliner7

Monday, July 21, 2008 at 3:07:02 PM

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