The New York Times on Friday blocked an opinion piece submitted by John McCain to the newspaper shortly after it printed a piece by his Democratic rival, Barack Obama, McCain campaign officials confirmed to FOX News on Monday.
Obama's piece detailed his plans for Iraq and Afghanistan. While McCain's proposed piece also discussed Iraq, The Times told McCain's advisers that it would not accept the op-ed in its current form because it did not offer new information. Obama's speech previewed a series of speeches leading up to a highly publicized trip to war zones in the Middle East.
"It would be terrific to have an article from Senator McCain that mirrors Senator Obama's piece....." Shipley wrote.
Shipley, who was named deputy editor in January 2003, served in the Clinton administration as a senior presidential speechwriter and special assistant to the president from 1995 to 1997.